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£1,601raised of £7,000 target by 55 supporters

Weʼre raising £7,000 to fund a new high-tech wheelchair for Saajan Patel to reach his dream and ambition of playing first team wheelchair football for England.

Location
Bolton, United Kingdom
Category
Sports
Time left
10 days to go

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My name is Saajan Patel, I was born with a condition called Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, which weakens the muscles over time and I am confined to a wheelchair. In my younger years I loved playing/watching football and especially my beloved Man Utd. However, when I was approaching my tenth birthday, I was struggling to find the same power and strength that I used when I was younger. This is when I discovered I had this muscular disability. Of course, this was a very bitter pill to swallow, especially when you are only 10 years old. However, after the initial realisation and with the support of my family, I realised that I would not let this condition dictate my life, anymore than it already had. I continued to participate in watching football and never lost my appetite for this sport. After messing around in the wheelchair at home and participating to some level with my brother and sisters, I became more and more interested to understand what organisations there were for like-minded people with similar conditions to my own. I was fortunate to discover there was an organisation, who were trying to get a few wheelchair bound people together to enjoy some football related activity in Smithills sports centre. As my parents could see how engaged and motivated I was in this sport, they helped to get this initiative off the ground and formed the ‘Bolton Bullets’. In the early stages we were well behind the standard of established teams, but this only motivated us, as I was involved in a real determined group of young men, who had formed a real camaraderie together and really took pride in the jersey they were wearing. we progressed over many years my proudest moment when I received the captains armband, and also receiving a phone call from the National team manager to join England in training. I believe i can make the England first team but require the more superior equipment to reach my ambition and that's why I am fundraising for that dream to come true. Thanks


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  • Elliott Jones

    Elliott Jones

    3 months ago

    Elliott Jones

    Funds are now coming along well £1400 so far, more than 20% raised! Keep sharing and promoting the fundraising. Thank you for all your support! 😁👍

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  • Elliott Jones

    Elliott Jones

    4 months ago

    Elliott Jones

    #teamwork. Look at our captain on the left! #Supportsaajan

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  • Elliott Jones

    Elliott Jones

    4 months ago

    Elliott Jones

    Less than 12 hours of raising funds for Saajan's high tech wheelchair and already raised £245. If the fund raising keeps on going at that rate we'll have the funds within 30days. #supportsaajan #dreams #newchair

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4 months ago

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  • Brian Western

    Brian Western

    Sep 27, 2016

    If you read this. Please support this worthy cause and make this young mans dreams a reality.

    £20.00

  • Allan Griffiths

    Allan Griffiths

    Sep 23, 2016

    Great thing to to for a great family!! All the best The Griffs xxxx

    £50.00

  • Wendy Brittain

    Wendy Brittain

    Sep 23, 2016

    Go for it, Saajan! Best wishes for your future success.

    £10.00

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Elliott Jones

Elliott Jones

Bolton, United Kingdom

Elliott Jones & Brian Western work colleagues/ friends of Saajan's dad have started a crowdfunding page to help Saajan achieve his dream.

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