Haverhill charity enjoys some sports day fun

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More than 30 people from a Haverhill-based charity for adults and children with special needs took part in an annual sports day.

The group of members, carers and volunteers from LAMP’H in Colne Valley Road attended the Joan Mann Special Sports Day at RAF Mildenhall.

The event brings together people with special needs for a fun day of sports and activities, supported by US servicemen and women.

Haverhill town councillor Maureen Byrne was with the group. She said: “The club members see this event as the highlight of their year’s programme.

“The hospitality at RAF Mildenhall is outstanding and no effort is spared to ensure the full participation of all entrants – whatever their abilities.”

Roger André, secretary to the association said: “Funding from this years Summer Bash has enabled the LampH committee to fully fund the costs associated with this event.

“The hard work and generosity of local businesses has brought a smile to the faces of the 34 attendees.”

The day began with a parade of athletes who then competed in various events, including a football pass and punt, bowling, Frisbee toss, obstacle course, basketball toss and 100metre dash.

Volunteers cooked a lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs, while others escorted the athletes to and from events. At the end of the day, the winning athletes were given medals.

The event was topped off with the cutting of a cake celebrating the legacy of Joan Mann, an MoD employee who conceived the sports day 34 years ago.