Nottingham roller derby team the Hellfire Harlots do a lot more than Skate, Kill, Destroy. We do more than party and eat Bunnie Suicide’s home made ice cream cakes too! We understand and appreciate how lucky we are to be independent and strong sports women and are always looking for ways we can help further sport in our local community, whether it is roller derby, wrestling, ice hockey or whatever.
This is why when we heard of CP Sport, we just had to find ways that we could help them raise funds, after all, they are the ONLY UK charity that is dedicated to helping people with cerebal palsy achieve their full potential in sport. Based in Nottingham, the charity provides people who live with a physical disability the opportunity to discover sport and helping those people live healthier lives with renewed hopes and aspirations.
To raise money for CP Sport, the Hellfire Harlots have donated a percentage of the money raised from raffles held at home bouts over 2012 but have also been selling eye blacks which were very kindly donated by Eye Black (Click here to find out more about Eye Black) to raise money for the charity. You can pick them up from our merch table at home and away bouts.
If you haven’t heard of eye blacks, you should have cos they’re awesome! Stick them on your cheeks and they can help reduce the glare from bright sunlight and artificial lighting. A lot of our skaters really appreciate the effect they have when skating in a brightly-lit sports hall.
But that is enough about us and what we do, what you really need to know is who CP Sport helps.
This is Sophie’s story:
Cerebral Palsy Sport has really helped to change my life and has given me so much confidence to get more involved in not only sport but in day to day life. I have always had a passion for swimming ever since I was young because it gives me a sense of freedom and weightlessness. However I never expected that I would have the opportunity to participate in competitions where I was on a level playing field to all my competitors. That is where CP Sport came in.
My first proper introduction to CP Sport was at the annual championships held in Nottingham. Not only was this the first time that I had ever swam at a CP Sport event, but it was my first ever competition. I immediately made friends whilst I was there as I felt for one of the first times in my life, there were people who understood me and who could relate to the daily challenges of having cerebral palsy.
Not only does CP Sport provides me with a sense of equality, and not feeling like a bit of an outsider in an able bodied environment, but the charity has also provided me with great social support and advice, and I’ve made some of my best friends. This has been brilliant for me and my parents as it has allowed them to be able to share the problems they face when having a child with CP. As soon as I was introduced to the brilliant CP Sport team, their enthusiasm and commitment actually has made me be proud of having CP, because it doesn’t have to hold you back.
CP Sport really has completely changed my life for the better, and I hope it can continue to do the same for other people like me!
If you want to find out more about CP Sport, visit their website http://www.cpsport.org/
Registered charity 1088600