Five time Paralympic Gold Medallist Ade Adepitan visited Go Kids Go, a national children’s’ charity that is based in Beverley that has been running wheelchair skills training for young wheelchair users since 1990.
Sportsman and TV presenter Ade Adepitan MBE , who learnt wheelchair skills with the charity as a young man was back to support the charity he described as the catalyst for his success.
Training is designed to enable independence and to help ensure that the young people are able to reach their full potential.
Training manager Roy wild said;
“We run workshops for manual and powered wheelchair users. We bring extra wheelchairs so that parents, siblings and friends can join in with the activities.”
“Also we hold disability/wheelchair awareness workshops in mainstream schools for pupils and staff.”
“The workshop on Saturday went really well and we’d like to say a big thanks to Beverley Grammar School for providing the facilities.”
“We were joined by eight young wheelchair users and their families and everyone had a great time learning skills and trying out wheelchair sports.”
“We followed the training with an end of year celebration which was attended by our patrons TV presenter and paralympian, Ade Adepitan MBE and local actress, Eleanor Tomlinson.”
Ade a patron of Go Kids Go lost his leg has used a wheelchair since he was a boy, going on to win five Paralympic gold medals and building a career in TV, he said;
“I discovered sport and I discovered wheel chair basket ball and I discovered Go Kids Go was the catalyst that gave me the motivation to go on and win medals at the Paralympics and work in the TV world.”
“I hope the charity goes from strength to strength and I can tell you right now I will always be here and always will support Go Kids Go as they are charity that are so close to my heart.”