£9,602raised of £19,000 target by 219 supporters

Weʼre raising £19,000 to get Helene Dyson, GB's 1st Paralympic Gold medal-winning woman rower, a Genny Segway wheelchair, her independence, confidence & vavavoom

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Helene Dyson (nee Raynsford) won GB's 1st women's rowing Paralympic GOLD, & BBC South Sportswoman of Year twice.

At Uni aged 21 an injury left her in a wheelchair. So she took up wheelchair basketball & was part of 2003-2006 GB squad winning 2 Paralympic Cup silvers.

In 2005 Helene tried rowing. She was a natural & BR Champion! She competed in 2006 World Rowing Champs in arms only women's single sculls (1x). In 2008 rowing was introduced to the Paralympic Games in Beijing. Helene won GOLD in ASW1x with 12 seconds over the silver medallist. Helene fought back from cardiac problems to qualify to race at World Champs 2010 in NZ but back injury meant no final for her.

Helene was a Games-Maker at London 2012.

In 2013 Helene was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has kicked cancer but has suffered more ill health since then with surgery in 2017 on her spine. She may not regain all lost function but should stop deteriorating.

Helene is desperate to stay involved in sport - she volunteers & sits on various boards alongside IPC, IOC & other IF Presidents. This chair will allow her to get out & about in UK supporting our sport too.

A Genny Segway wheelchair will give Helene independence again - it folds down small enough to fit in the boot of a family car, it can be used indoors, in shops & public loos, it has off-road wheels so she can take her DogAID assistance dog, Amber, on long muddy walks.

They're expensive. But what price independence?

As an elite athlete Helene deserves a chair with a profile emphasising ability not disability. It's her dream chair. More than that, she needs it.

Please send a donation towards getting Helene her new wheels. ALL donations make a difference & are much appreciated. Helene is happy to make motivational talks (or Skype sessions) with companies / clubs who give a significant sum (say £500+).

I've promised her (rashly) we'll get her a chair by Henley Royal Regatta (by 1 July 2017). Please help!

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  • Di for Wheels for Helene

    Di for Wheels for Helene

    17 days ago

    Di for Wheels for Helene

    STOP PRESS UPDATE An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations received from today 9 May 2017 up to a max of £5000 This means if we raise £5000 they will match it and it becomes £10,000 If you donate £5 it turns into £10 If you donate £10 it turns into £20 If you donate £25 it turns into £50 it's mindblowingly generous so we had to write it down like that to believe it This is donated anonymously so there is no hope of thanks or glory - purely for the joy of seeing Helene out and about on the riverbank and lakeside again!

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  • Di for Wheels for Helene

    Di for Wheels for Helene

    21 days ago

    Di for Wheels for Helene

    Helene is home from hospital and learning some new ways of living since her op. The chaps at Genny are trying to work a way of loaning Helene a Genny Segway so that she can get out to some key rowing events and show people the difference her own Genny Segway would make to her life. We are getting there. Please continue to help! Thank you.

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    Di for Wheels for Helene

    22 days ago

    Di for Wheels for Helene

    40% here + more offline - and more promised. The auction is going well too. Please spread the word - and push on. Helene's surgery went well but recovery is not as straight-forwards as she had hoped. Helene NEEDS this wheelchair - it's not a case of wanting it. She NEEDS a power chair with easy-to-use controls and with neck support. Whilst in hospital Helene has been plotting how she will repay your kindness - she has plans! Let's get her the chair she needs to allow her to make them reality. Thank you.

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  • Katy young

    Katy young

    May 26, 2017

    To take you a little closer...


  • Mark Webster

    Mark Webster

    May 26, 2017

    Good luck with your recovery.

  • Zeena Bonds

    Zeena Bonds

    May 22, 2017

    This wheelchair will be the business! Fingers crossed for swift fundraising for you!


  • Sophie Tye

    Sophie Tye

    May 22, 2017

    A fantastic campaign. Really hope you reach the target needed.


  • Sophie Elena

    Sophie Elena

    May 22, 2017

    May you soon be much more independent by virtue of these new wheels. Thank you very much to the anonymous fund matcher who is doubling donations. :)


  • Clare Rebbeck

    Clare Rebbeck

    May 21, 2017

    Thinking of you and wish you all the best, hurry back to work we all miss you! 😀


  • Anonymous


    May 20, 2017

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery from both of us - sending positive vibes!


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I'm just a friend & supporter of Helene's who has a lot of rowing contacts and I believe strongly that if we pull together we can make a difference to someone who has made a difference to our sport!

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