Community comes together to raise money for CLAPA

David and Martin with Jaelen

David and Martin with Jaelen

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A charity race organised by the Round Green community raised £1795 for CLAPA on Saturday.

The 5k race was between David March in a disability scooter and Martin Morris on foot, David beat Martin to the finish line by two seconds.

The community supported the event and helped raise money for CLAPA

The community supported the event and helped raise money for CLAPA

All the local shops donated money and prizes to the event to help raise money for the charity.

CLAPA, Cleft Lip and Palate Association, is a voluntary organisation that specifically helps those with and affected by cleft lip and palate.

Rainy Mason, one of the organisers, said: “It was great to raise so much money and I really think people are more aware now about what the charity does and how it helps people. Thank you to everyone for their support.”

Rainy’s grandson Jaelen Sinclair, who had undergone operations for cleft lip palate, attended the event with a young boy who is about to undergo the same series of operations.

The charity organises parent support through its nationwide network and runs activities and confidence-building camps to support children and young people affected by clefts at school.

The race winner David said; “The community spirit in Round Green cannot be rivalled, I have won this race for all of my fellow men and women who use mobility scooters and have raised money in the process for a worthwhile charity.”

Martin said: “I have loved competing and training, I was born and bred in Luton and to interact socially with my local community and shops is very special, everyone involved is a winner.”