Over the past weeks all at Active Prospects have been building up to Matt’s fundraising challenge up at the O2. On the 22nd July Matt Leadbeater and his key worker Christine Davey, walked over the O2 in London! Matt loves a challenge and doing this one has been a long-time ambition for him.
Full of excitement they set off for the O2 and completed the climb in the 30-degree heat! The day is a double celebration of achievement as Matt has been shortlisted as Volunteer of the Year in the Third Sector Awards 2021. These are national awards with high levels of competition, so it’s a great achievement to be one of the 5 people shortlisted.
Matt is a young man with learning disabilities who we provide care for. Matt has never let his learning disability stand in his way. He is passionate about fundraising and before Covid had raised around £11,000 for Children in Need.
Over the last year he has started volunteering for Active Prospects, after one of his support workers shared his passion for fundraising with the Director of Business Development. He has already shown great initiative, knowledge, and skills.
Matt shares why he did this challenge: “First thing, it was just that I always wanted to do it. My ambition was to do it one day. It was all going to be planned, and then COVID stopped me doing it. I am still determined to do it. I think another thing is determination that I can do it, and I want to do it, and I just can’t wait! And plus, I’ve been with Active Prospects for 15 years anyway, and I want to give something back to them, for their help and support that they’ve helped me over 15 years.”
Once again, Matt has done brilliantly with his fundraising efforts and is continuing in his endeavours. Matt said, “We want as many people to sponsor us, to raise money for Active Prospects as they can and hopefully as much money as we can, to help more people with learning disabilities and autism to lead aspiring lives, that I’ve had through the 15 years. We hope that with more donations we can then help more people.”
His fundraising efforts have been shared on our social media channels with great support. Matt is so inspirational and has done a great job in raising funds and awareness for Active Prospects. Better than that he’s had great fun doing it! You can find out more and show support here.