The Bradford Jewels cheerleading group is one of the latest organisations to benefit from a £1500 grant from the PGM’s fund.
The aim of the group is to help the people with mental health and learning difficulties (including those with Down syndrome) in the Bradford area, to take part in cheerleading exercises and competitions.
Working with Bradford District Care Trust, who help to identify suitable candidates (those who it is believed may benefit from this sort of group activity.)
The Jewels have been operational for over four years and many people (over 150 to date), have benefitted from taking part. Being evidenced as making a major difference to their mental and physical well being.
Practising on a weekly basis the Jewels team enter competitions in an effort to focus their minds on attaining major achievements.
They have had some considerable and noticeable success in National competitions, qualifying them into International competitions.
They have recently competed in both Europe and the USA.
The group desperately needed some new kit and uniforms to help them support more people and compete at the top levels they have become accustomed to.
It was after the group featured on local TV news that the then Dep PGM, W.Bro Jack Pigott, thought that here was a project that a local lodge could support.
As a result of this the Lodge of Amity 4148 went to visit the Jewels at their practice base in Dudley Hill, Bradford. There they met the team and watched them as they performed their routines.
Later a group of Cheerleaders attended the Lodge of Amity Christmas lodge to entertain at the festive board with a superb demonstration of their skills.
Picture shows Worshipful Master Mehmet Tiritoglu presenting the cheque to Natalia Sargent supported by W.Bros. Tony Donoghue and Chris Binns