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More delight for super six

PUBLISHED: 10:12 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 05 July 2010

AFTER pulling on an England vest for the first time recently, there was more joy for six talented teenagers this week.

Kimberley Aspland, Lewis Pryke, Holly Durbidge, Chelsea Dixon, Declan Manning and Adam Szucs - from The Ashley School in Lowestoft - were celebrating another honour as a leading independent care home provider agreed to sponsor them.

AFTER pulling on an England vest for the first time recently, there was more joy for six talented teenagers this week.

Kimberley Aspland, Lewis Pryke, Holly Durbidge, Chelsea Dixon, Declan Manning and Adam Szucs - from The Ashley School in Lowestoft - were celebrating another honour as a leading independent care home provider agreed to sponsor them.

One month after progressing through England trials in athletics and being selected as part of a 16-strong national squad for the forthcoming season, the talented teens are to be backed in their quest to compete at the 2012 Olympics

The search for sponsorship was launched in The Journal earlier this month - and after reading of their achievements Kingsley Healthcare, which has its head office in Lowestoft, has announced a major agreement with the youngsters.

Managing director of Kingsley Healthcare, Daya Thayan said: “When we heard of the potential of these gifted young people and the financial challenges they are facing to achieve their dreams, we simply had to step in and help. “After all we have our head office in Lowestoft and we look forward to the children putting the town on the map in the future!”

Kingsley Healthcare has agreed to fund all costs involved with training the athletics squad at the University of East Anglia for the next 12 months, including travel and staffing. Where possible, the care home provider has also committed to support the team in the future for competitions that require them to travel outside the county and even internationally with the national squad.

The sponsorship was announced at the official opening of The Laurels - Kingsley Healthcare's new premium learning disability service on Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft on Wednesday.

Here, town mayor and councillor Frank Mortimer opened the facility - which will be a provision for six people, offering exceptional standards of care and living accommodation for adults of all ages.

Mr Thayan added: “There is a severe shortage of learning disability services available in the area and we are delighted to be able to launch The Laurels to meet some of that demand.”

Delighted with the sponsorship, Ashley School teacher Roger Milton told The Journal: “Two of the youngsters - Chelsea and Lewis - have been selected for the European Athletics Championships in Valencia, Spain.

“All six youngsters have now joined the City of Norwich Athletics Club and will train with them regularly at the UEA - so to have financial support and sponsorship from Kingsley Healthcare this will enable the youngsters to compete on the international scene.”

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