The former Lord Mayors chosen Appeal was the Special Olympics held in Leicester in July 2009 and Councillor Sood raised an astonishing amount in excess of £100,000, during her term.

The Special Olympics raise awareness of the capabilities of people with learning disabilities, and give all those who take part the opportunity to achieve amazing things. The former Lord Mayor’s appeal helped city and county athletes with learning disabilities to be able to compete in the games, and to help celebrate and research their achievements.
Special Olympics Leicester
What is Special about Special Olympics?
Launch Of Special Olympics
Special Olympics Launch Pictures
So Lets Go – Autumn 2008
Lawrie McMenemy interview – BBC Radio 2
Councillor Manjula Sood named community patron for national summer games

The former Lord Mayor’s preface for the Special Olympics:
Special Olympics Preface

Cllr Sood with Martin Johnson (Former England Rugby Coach) at the launch of the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony: Team East Midlands enter the Walkers Stadium to standing ovation

Other Special Olympics You Tube videos:
Leicester Lord Mayor’s last Special Olympics event
Year of SOL