Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Helping disabled play sport

EMMA LAU, from Wheelpower at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, was the speaker at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

EMMA LAU, from Wheelpower at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, was the speaker at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

Members learned about the charity at their Rotary District conference in March and the club decided to support it in part as a legacy of the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Emma spoke about the charity’s activities.

She said that playing sport was not always easy for someone with a disability as they first had to overcome their biggest barrier and find a suitable sports wheelchair.

She emphasised that whatever the sport, Wheelpower transforms lives through sport and she illustrated this with a couple of individual cases.

The Wheel Appeal aims to raise £6million to provide more than 2,000 disabled people with a new sports wheelchair, training and coaching that will enable them to participate in and enjoy competitive and recreational sports.

The appeal will either fund a standard manual sports wheelchair or provide a grant towards a bespoke model.

Mark Harling gave the vote of thanks.

Emma was presented with a cheque to the charity for £1,000.

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