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Bassetlaw: Retford club donates sports wheelchair to SAND charity

Heather Reid, president of Retford Inner Wheel, with the SAND group and their new sports wheelchair

Heather Reid, president of Retford Inner Wheel, with the SAND group and their new sports wheelchair

The Retford Inner Wheel Club has donated nearly £1,000 to the charity See the Ability Not the Disability (SAND).

As part of its 90th year celebrations, the Inner Wheel Organisation challenged groups to benefit a charity through the use of wheels.

The Retford group keenly accepted the challenge and following the Paralympics decide to donate a sports wheelchair to a local good cause to encourage and develop sporting ability.

They raised almost £1,000 through fundraising events including a bonfire night party and the sale of hyacinth bowls at Retford Christmas Market.

A spokesman for the group thanked the public for their generosity in helping them to raise the money and in turn help the charity.

SAND meets weekly at Worksop College, where it offers young people aged between three and 18 the chance to become involved in sport activities at a level appropriate to them.

Activities include Boccia, basketball, zone hockey and football.

Its aim and philosophy is to provide out of school hours,sporting and learning opportunities for pupils in special schools.

The wheelchair was presented at a recent meeting by Heather Reid, the president of Retford Inner Wheels.

SAND co-ordinator Sian Kirk, along with sports coach Trev Baker, accepted the wheelchair on the charity’s behalf.

The donations means group now has six sports’ wheelchairs, so they have an even number when they are playing team games.

Inner Wheel is an international organisation closely linked to Rotary that was founded to unite wives and daughters of Rotarians.

Internationally it is active in more than 103 countries, with 100,000 members in 3,895 clubs.

 

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