Women who are part of a Comic Relief funded project have come together to raise money for the charity as part of Red Nose Day 2019.
Levelling the Playing Field is an initiative led by Yorkshire Sport Foundation, using sport and activity as a tool to build confidence and resilience. Among those involved in the project are women who have experienced poor mental health, or suffered domestic violence.
In Bradford alone, 98 women have been supported through the project since it began in October 2017, with 17 of those having the opportunity to gain qualifications so they can take the lead on activities for others in their community.
The project, which also runs in both Leeds and Doncaster, has seen 74% of women report an increase in confidence, and 86% have better self-esteem as a result.
The women organised Thursday’s fundraising event at The Parish Church of St. Paul in Manningham, which included activities such as archery and fencing, plus cake stalls and a raffle, raising £140.
Hafsa Ali, Community Champion for the project, said: “The project has seen a real change in the people involved, and this event is a prime example. I’m really proud of everyone who organised the day, and it shows the project is making a real difference to their levels of confidence.”
Kathryn Mudge, Development Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, added: “It’s brilliant to see the progress of the women in the programme. We know that physical activity can play a role in increasing people’s confidence and self-esteem, and it’s great to see that it’s helping so many women with just that through Levelling the Playing Field.
“The role of community champions like Hafsa are hugely important to supporting the women in the project, and they can all be proud of what they’ve achieved, not only with the fundraiser, but during the weeks and months before.”
For more information on the project, visit www.yorkshiresport.org/LTPF