Rocket-power pushes Calne teenagers to finish line
Three disabled teenagers from Calne pushed themselves to their physical limit during a cycling challenge to fundraise for equipment.
The teenagers, Daniel Lambert, 17, Daniel Wheeler, 17, and Levi Jinks, 16, tackled a 21-mile cycle ride along the canal from Devizes to Bathampton.
They have raised about £600 for Swindon Rockets Powerchair Football Club, which is one of only two clubs in the south west of England and holds regular training sessions on Monday nights.
Club secretary Rachel Lambert has supported the club for five years since her son Daniel joined, and also took part in the ride along with chairman Philip Viles.
Daniel, who has cerebral palsy, underwent major surgery at the Bristol Children’s Hospital in November to straighten his legs, followed by six weeks of intensive physiotherapy.
Team member Daniel Wheeler has neurofibromatosis, a condition which causes tumours to grow on nerve tissue, and also went through major surgery last March to remove a tumour.
They pedalled 12 miles on their trikes and Levi went on to complete the whole cycle route.
Mrs Lambert, 42, of Heron Close, Calne, said: “We try and do a special event every couple of years to fundraise. I’ve climbed Snowdon and I jumped out of an aeroplane.
“The cycle ride was something they could take part in. Now they’re a bit older they wanted to take part. I’m really proud because we didn’t think they would make it that far.
“Daniel would never have got that far on his trike before he had the operation. It’s a definite first for him and it has given him such a massive confidence boost.
“They wanted to go further but they were absolutely exhausted; they were having to take painkillers by the time they got there. They were very determined.”
The club has six powerchairs for use by members who do not have their own, and the money raised by the ride could pay for new bars for the front of the chairs.
The club is part of the Wheelchair Football Association and members play at Nottingham in the national league six times a year.
Mrs Lambert said: “Chairs cost £5,000 each and a ball costs £50. It’s a unique sport and it’s an expensive one. They couldn’t play any other sport because of their disability.
Visit www.swindonrockets.com or, to sponsor the riders, ring Mrs Lambert on 07961 768407.
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