Robert gets his new set of wheels

Carforth High School year 10 pupil Robert Clarke trying out his new sports wheelchair with fundraisers from the u6th Megan Greenwood, Stephen Costello and Nikki Benson.
Carforth High School year 10 pupil Robert Clarke trying out his new sports wheelchair with fundraisers from the u6th Megan Greenwood, Stephen Costello and Nikki Benson.
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A Carnforth High School pupil has received a new wheelchair that will allow him to play wheelchair basketball thanks to a donation from a community giving fund.

Robert Clarke, 15, from Caton, received the chair after his classmates decided to start fundraising so he could continue to take part in sports classes.

Their efforts were supported by leading accident management company Easi-Drive, who donated the final £500 needed to make Robert’s dream a reality.

The donation followed an application by the high school to wheelsforgood, a fund run by Easi-Drive that supports worthy causes related to wheels.

Robert, who suffers from Friedrich’s Ataxia, a progressive disease that causes damage to the nervous system, had been unable to take part in sports classes due to his wheelchair not being suitable.

Christine Stephenson, deputy head teacher at Carnforth High School, said: “We are so grateful to Easi-Drive for this donation, and Robert is delighted. His classmates raised about half the money through raffles and bake sales, but we never would have been able to reach the total without the extra donation from wheelsforgood.

“P.E. is Robert’s favourite class and this chair now means that he can take part in wheelchair basketball both in and out of school.”

The chair was presented to Robert by his classmates on his 15th birthday.

Robert said: “I couldn’t have hoped for a better present. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible for me.”

Simon Bellamy, managing director at Easi-Drive, said: “We were delighted to be able to help Robert take part in the activities he loves.

“Wheelsforgood is constantly looking for causes that it can help, and the range of people who have benefited from the fund is vast.

“We encourage anyone who could use our funding to apply.”

The ‘wheelsforgood’ community fund supports worthy causes that are related to transport, wheels or the motor industry and was created by Easi-Drive’s Simon Bellamy in 2009, to give something back to the community in which the business operates.

To apply for a donation go to www.wheelsforgood.com.