New sporting opportunities for disabled children

Wheelpower chief executive Martin McElhatton
Wheelpower chief executive Martin McElhatton

More disabled children and injured adults now have the chance to try out different sports thanks to a £29,000 grant.

Wheelchair sport charity WheelPower, based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, has been awarded £29,184 by the Varrier-Jones Foundation.

The cash will help around 400 disabled people attend events including the National Junior Games, several primary/junior sports camps and the Inter Spinal Unit Gam

The grant also means Wheelpower can continue to offer the Junior Sports Programme as well as supporting member sports organisations throughout the year

WheelPower offers disabled people the chance to try many sports ranging from swimming to wheelchair rugby and athletics at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympics.

WheelPower chief executive Martin McElhatton said: “We are very grateful for The Varrier-Jones Foundation supporting our work in transforming lives of disabled people through sport.

“WheelPower is always keen to work collaboratively with other organisations, so together we can make an even bigger difference.”

Chief executive of leading disability charity Papworth Trust Vicky McDermott presented the funding to WheelPower’s Chief Executive Martin McElhatton.

Ms McDermott said: “It was great to meet with WheelPower at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to see the fantastic range of accessible sports that they offer.

“At Papworth Trust we believe that disabled people should be seen for what they can do.

“As the success of our Paralympians shows, making sports accessible to everyone is a huge part of that.”