Young Game Makers are off to London

These youngsters from the midnight league are volunteering for the paralympics and they need to raise money for the trip.

These youngsters from the midnight league are volunteering for the paralympics and they need to raise money for the trip.

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Excitement is building for a group of lucky teens who will be volunteering at the Paralympic Games - but they need some more cash to fund the trip.

Calderdale’s Midnight League will be volunteers known as Young Games Makers at the ExCel Centre in London from September 1-9.

The youngsters have been busy raising money through bag packing in supermarkets, collections during matches at The Shay, bun and cake sales, and a stall at Halifax Agricultural Show.

But despite raising a total so far of £1,347 - it is £3,000 short of what is needed.

Chris Shiroda, project manager of Midnight League, which provides sporting activities for people aged 11-25, said: “I’ve written to some businesses asking for support but heard nothing back as yet.

“We have a couple more football matches we can collect at and the children are going to do bun sales themselves, but we need to raise a total of about £5,000.

“The trip is critical for the children as it’s a life-changing experience.

“Some of these kids are coming from areas of deprivation in Calderdale and this is the chance to see something in London that they may never see again in their life.”

The group’s uniforms arrived this week and they have been mastering their skills in the run-up to the Games at training and information sessions.

They will be compiling the statistics for weight lifting events, Judo and wheelchair fencing and possibly volleyball.

Mr Shiroda said: “They’re absolutely made up about going. They’re really excited.”