Image3WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport have been awarded £29,184 so more disabled children and recently injured adults can get fit and try new sports.

The funding from the Varrier-Jones Foundation will help around 400 disabled people to attend events including the National Junior Games, several Primary/Junior Sports Camps and the flagship event for newly injured patients – The Inter Spinal Unit Games.

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.

The funding means WheelPower can continue to offer the Junior Sports Programme and Inter Spinal Unit Games, as well as supporting member sports organisations throughout the year.

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.”

Wheelpower Inter Spinal Unit Games. 9th April 2014. Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

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

Vicky 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.”