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The Wheelwrights BattleBack Fund

Background

When a member of the Armed Forces had been seriously injured on the battlefield he/she was airlifted to a hospital in Warwickshire. After they had completed their hospital treatment and which did involve in some cases the loss of three limbs they were moved to Headley Court the only Rehabilitation Centre then available.

Then the real mental as well as physical challenge began. How do you demonstrate to a badly maimed young man or woman that there still is a purpose in life. Engaging them in sport was the initial step and some showed remarkable aptitude. Unfortunately having reached a certain standard there was no assistance to take them on to the next stage and the ultimate goal of International standard and the Paralympics

In 2009 the next four Masters of the Company took up that challenge and set up within our own Charitable Fund a quite separate fund under the Battle Back label. The Wheelwrights Fund would provide grants to Disabled Members of the Armed Forces to assist with training costs and purchase of specialised equipment. Our target was £150,000 and we were progressing steadily but very slowly until Harrow School adopted the Charity in 2011 and we achieved our target.

The members of the School commemorate the initial creation of the road (still named Harrow Road) running from Marble Arch to the School. Some senior pupils run both ways. Every pupil is expected to take part or perform some equivalent exercise and moreover aim to raise sponsorship of £100. The School raised over £80,000 and as a result we were able to help 120 athletes. Delighted that 7 qualified for the Paralympics. One won 3 silver medals. We are now giving grants for 2014 Winter Paralympics and 2016 Paralympics.

Grants made as at December 2012

 
Pte Derek Derenalagi

£1,200

Athletics (Field)
Athletics clothing and & equipment including throwing implements

Comment: Derek competed in the European Championships in 2012, where he won Gold. He was selected to represent GB at London 2012 Paralympic Games so can call himself a Proud Paralympian.
S/Sgt Matthew Raasch-Sotiuna

£1,295
 

Athletics (Track)
Athletics clothing & equipment.

Comment: Matt continued to train for 2012 selection, was not selected for the Games but did carry the Paralympic Torch for H4H. He is to marry later this year and is part of a team that will fly flex-wing microlight aircraft to the South Pole in 2014; a world first!
Marine Arthur Williams

£3,000
 

Athletics (Wheelchair racing)
Custom (made to measure) Racing Wheelchair.

Comment: Arthur continues to train regularly and his racing chair featured on his audition video to become a London 2012 presenter for C4. Arthur got the job and presented the afternoon programme and is still working in the TV industry while continuing to train as a commercial pilot.
Lt Kirsty Archibald RN

£2,665

Wheelchair Basketball
Sports Chair for Wheelchair Basketball.

Comment: Kirsty represented GB at the 2011 Paralympic World Cup and was first reserve for the London 2012 basketball team. She still plays and hopes to be selected for GB in future.
Cpl Pam Granger RAF

£3.100

Pistol shooting
Precision target pistol shooting equipment and upgrading of weapon to help her continue to train for the GB Paralympics Team.

Comment: Pam achieved podium positions in several international competitions and was another athlete who narrowly missed selection for London. She has added the .22 weapon to her armoury and is training for Rio 2016.
L/Cpl Terry Byrne

£3,500

Cycling (Track)
A competition standard, made to measure, track bike.

Comment: In 2011 Terry broke world records in the missed team sprint to win gold at the World Championships and is the second quickest athlete in the world, in his class in the 1km Time Trial. Rule changes resulted in Terry loosing his place at London but he’s now back on the track training for Rio.
Pte Josh Campbell

£1,500

Fencing
Various fencing equipment.

Comment: Josh attended won a number of UK events and attended the first Paralympic Transition Programme at Bath University. He is married and now has a young family and may return to sport when his daughter is a little older.
Pte Steven van Niekirk

£1,500

Fencing
Various fencing equipment.

Comment: Stephan attended the same Paralympic Transition Programme as Josh Campbell. Still an active recreational athlete he is focusing on his transition and is job hunting at the moment.
L/Cpl Martyn Compton

£500

Sledge Hockey

Comment: Martyn continues to play hockey recreationally and has taken up Karting, which is his new passion. Martin competes in Karting competitions and with his team members set a new GB 24 Hour Endurance Record.
Sledge Hockey Phases I and II

£20,000

Established BattleBack Bisons 20 sets
Used monthly and 3 members selected for GB team end of 2012.

Comment: More and more players are taking up the sport and the Battle Back Bisons will return to the National League in 2012. In March 2013 won Bronze Medal in Pool B sledge Hockey World Championship in Nagano, Japan. Now go forward to final qualifying tournament for the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
SAC Jon-Allen Butterworth

£3,500

Cycling
A competition, made to measure, track bike.

Comment: Won 3 GB Paralympics 2012 Silver Medals and in training for Rio.
Sledge Hockey Phases I and II

£10,000

See comments above.
Paralympics Talent
Transition Training

£36,000

Paralympic Preparation
Allowed 9 BattleBack athletes to prepare for 2012 Paralympics.

Comment: Of the Talent Transition athletes 6 went on to compete in London 2012 and all the remainder continue to play sport and have gone on to lead fulfilling lives.
Marine Joe Townsend

£4,000

Hand Bike
Hand bike modification (new carbon fibre rear end to his existing bike.

Comment: In 2012 Joe competed in the 3,050 Mile Race Across America (RAAM), the Kona Ironman Triathlon, the European Paratriathlon Championships (2nd), the World Championships (6th) and lit the cauldron during the Paralympic Games. He is on an MSc course in Strength and Conditioning and in training for Rio.
British Paralympics Association

£14,418

Paralympic Inspiration Programme
9 people attended the Help 4 Heroes Paralympic Inspiration Programme.

Comment: As per the Talent Transition Programme but held during the London 2012 Paralympic Games for potential Sochi and Rio athletes.
Steve Richardson

£4,095

Wheelchair Racing
Specialised wheelchair for him to train for wheelchair
racing.

Comment: Steve was part of the RAAM Team with Joe Townsend and was inspired by Joe’s paratriathlon exploits so will be blazing a trail to catch Joe and gain selection for the GB Paratriathlon Squad.

Those highlighted made the GB Paralympic Team.

Total raised so far: £110,273