Fullers renews partnership with Special Olympics GB

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Fuller’s has recently renewed its partnership with Special Olympics GB for a further 12 months, with both organisations committed to building on the hugely successful existing partnership to help transform the lives of more people with an intellectual disability through sport.

Special Olympics GB is a non-profit organisation and the largest provider of year-round, sports coaching and athletic competition in summer and winter sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics GB currently has 105 all ability, inclusive sports clubs covering 28 sports across England, Scotland and Wales and reaches over 10,000 athletes.

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Moving forward, Fuller’s ambition is to build on the successes of the past three years and not only continue to raise money for Special Olympics GB and raise awareness of their amazing athletes, but also to build on its long-term view of becoming a truly inclusive employer with a blueprint in place for the recruitment of people with an intellectual disability embedded across the Fuller’s estate.

Simon Emeny, Chief Executive Fuller’s said: “Special Olympics is all about inclusivity and so is hospitality. The connection with Special Olympics GB is a great way of introducing our teams to the possibilities that other people have – yet which can go unnoticed. Public houses have always been a place for all – and with such a high proportion of people with an intellectual disability feeling socially excluded, we want to do our bit to address the issues. I’m delighted that we are continuing our partnership with Special Olympics GB for another year and I can’t wait to see where the partnership goes next.”

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On 25 August, Simon agreed to play a game of tennis against Special Olympics Gold Medalist, Lily Mills at Dukes Meadows tennis court in Chiswick, after she wrote a letter to him asking if he’d be willing to go head-to-head in a match. It was a close call but in the end, Lily managed to beat Simon 7-5.

Lily was born with Galactosaemia which is a rare genetic disorder that causes learning disabilities. At just four days old Lily contracted E.coli-Meningitis and septicaemia. Being critically ill, Lily had a 50/50 chance of survival. The Meningitis also caused Lily a brain injury. Lily, however, is made of stronger stuff. She decided to start playing tennis at the age of five after watching her brother, George, playing every weekend. In March 2019 Lily competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi where she won her two gold medals. 

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The money raised from partnerships, such as the one with Fuller’s, contributes to athletes, like Lily, benefiting from these positive, life-changing experiences. So far Fuller’s has helped raise over £450,000 and we have some exciting plans underway to take that number even higher.

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