Lewes teenager Georgie Williams, who has ambitions to play wheelchair basketball at Paralympics level, has had a flying start in her fundraising campaign for a bespoke wheelchair.
It came in the form of a generous donation of £375 from David Clark, Managing Director of jewellers W.E. Clark and Son of Cliffe High Street Lewes.
Georgie, aged 15 and a pupil at Lewes Old Grammar School, became disabled last year after developing a neurological condition which left her with severe co-ordination and balance problems.
Despite this, she remains determined to get the best out of life and has now earned a place with the Brighton-based SWBC Tigers Team with whom she plays her first regional matches in early December.
But to progress further Georgie urgently needs her own specially adapted wheelchair, which will cost around £2,000.
Georgie¹s fundraising campaign is also being supported by her fellow drummers with Lewes-based group, Skull Drummery. They are organising a Craft and Cakes table at Lewes Town Hall on December 8 and are also planning a sponsored drum/walk along the River Ouse from Newhaven to Lewes on January 12.
Georgie’s fellow pupils at Lewes Old Grammar School are also keen to help her achieve her ambitions and they held a non-uniform day on November 5, which raised £150 for her wheelchair fund.
Elsewhere, Lewes-based Furniture Now! has announced that is has a place in the Virgin London Marathon and is seeking a runner who will also fundraise for the charity.
The charity, which focuses on providing low cost household goods to people who need them, also provides volunteering, training and employment opportunities to people who are currently socially excluded.
Director Rik Child said: “For many people, the London Marathon is the Holy Grail for global races. We are delighted to be able to offer our one place to a local runner who is also passionate about the work we undertake. We know it is a tough call but we would like to raise £200 to £2,500 from sponsorship, more would be great. This could include an event – such as an evening meal for which tickets were sold – or other fundraising scheme. The staff of Furniture Now! will be on hand to support you in your endeavours. We are keen to hear if you would like to be considered.”
Call 01273 487377 or visit www.furniturenow.org.uk
The charity is particularly keen to build on its fundraising profile around the employment and training of young people who are not currently in employment or training (16- 17-year-olds) and also to expand the number of opportunities for apprenticeships.