15 Oct 2015

Fundraising success for visually impaired athletes

 Walthew Warriors

Never let disability be a barrier.

That’s the clear message sent out by a team of five athletes who raised more than £3,500 this summer after successfully completing a series of gruelling physical challenges.

The team, comprising of two visually impaired sportsmen along with three sighted guides, took on the Walthew Warriors 2015 Challenge for Stockport based charity, Walthew House.

Last June, following an intense training season, Phil and Ruth conquered the chilly waters of Lake Windermere, swimming two miles in open water. And in September Phil, Brendan, Brian and George tandem cycled coast-to-coast from Whitehaven to Sunderland covering 126 miles and climbing 10,700 feet in just one day.

The achievement caught the attention of Rebecca Adlington OBE, double Olympic gold medallist, who said: “I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Walthew Warriors and hope that you will help this great cause by giving what you can.”

No barriers

Walthew House is a small independent charity that’s been providing a wide range of voluntary services for people with sight or hearing loss in Stockport since 1882.

The challenge was the brainchild of Phil, a regular Walthew House service user and volunteer.

Phil was a keen triathlete before a head injury caused significant memory and sight loss. He was determined to not let his condition limit his life and still enjoys running and swimming, occasionally competing in triathlons. He wanted to give something back to the charity that’s helped him cope with his life changing injury, and to demonstrate that there are no barriers.

His proposal to complete a typical three-day coast-to-coast ride in just one day saw the birth of the ‘Walthew Warriors’.

Fantastic achievement

Kay Kelly, executive manager, Walthew House could not be prouder.

“Congratulations to the Walthew Warriors on your fantastic achievement – you have shown how sight loss need not be a barrier to participation in sport and raised an incredible amount of money for Walthew House.”

By fundraising with BT MyDonate, the team at Walthew House made sure every penny counts.

“Walthew House chose MyDonate principally because it is free to use,” explains Kay, “but we continue to use it because it’s efficient and easy to use.”


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