Booster for Liam’s Paralympics goal

DISABLED international sportsman Liam Beresford has been given a big boost in his bid to compete for Great Britain in the 2010 Paralympics.

He was presented with a new powered wheelchair by Mobility Trust on Monday.

Liam, 26, who suffers from cerebral palsy, took part in wheelchair football as a lad. At 15 he started playing Boccia, a specialised wheelchair sport at which he has excelled.

He is in the Great Britain team and has played all over the world. His goal now is to be chosen for the Paralympics team for 2012.

Mobility Trust gave him a powered wheelchair six years ago. Liam, of Greater Paddock, Ringmer, has used it for daily living and for playing Boccia - a sort of hybrid of petanque and bowls.

His training schedule is a minimum of three hours a day, three times a week throughout the year and with all the matches here and abroad as well daily living the wheelchair had come to the end of its life.

Mobility Trust, with the support of many local organisations, raised the £7,439 needed to buy Liam’s new chair which it hopes will see him reach even further heights next year.

The local community in Ringmer also helped to raise funds. This included two Sunday collections from St Mary’s Church and the First Ringmer Girl Guide Company gave money raised from their ‘Money Tree project’.

Funds have also been raised by the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Mrs Deborah Bedford, who hosted a presentation ceremony.

Anne Munn, Chief Executive of Mobility Trust, said: “Liam is a remarkable young man, who despite having cerebral palsy has achieved maximum independence in his life and international recognition in his sport.

“Mobility Trust was so pleased to be able to help him again and would like to thank all the organisations and people who have helped them in this.”