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Disabled quartet complete virtual marathon at Chailey Heritage Foundation

Chailey Heritage virtual marathon for Sport Relie. Residents Zak, Helen, Becky and Dani with Dan, the Gym instructor, and gym equipment.

Chailey Heritage virtual marathon for Sport Relie. Residents Zak, Helen, Becky and Dani with Dan, the Gym instructor, and gym equipment.

Four disabled young adults have completed an amazing feat in aid of Sport Relief – and far exceeded their expectations.

Despite having severe mobility problems and other challenges, inspirational Zak, Helen, Becky and Dani joined forces to conquer a virtual marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

The challenge was completed in just three-and-a-half weeks and they raised almost £870 for the charity. Their target had been £500.

They used the specially adapted cardiovascular machines in the gym facility at the Futures Life Skills Centre provided by the Chailey Heritage Foundation.

The quartet had been inspired by the triumphs of the 2012 Paralympics in London and, more recently, the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

The young people felt empowered to ignore the word ‘disability’ and instead concentrate on what they can actually achieve with their abilities.

They were keen to collaborate on the marathon challenge and do something amazing to help others. And something amazing is exactly what they have done.

The Chailey quartet were really keen to take part in something that could make a difference to others, especially since all of the gym equipment they use at Futures has been provided through the charity’s own fundraising.

A spokesperson for Chailey Heritage Foundation said: “Everyone here is extremely proud of them.”

 

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