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£6,825raised of £19,000 target by 144 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) is amazing, she 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.

Please send a small (or big) 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 Binley

    Di Binley

    a day ago

    Di Binley

    Off-line we have a donation from Helene's University, a donation from a rowing event, a donation from a rowing club and a donation from a rowing club president as well as the cash from JIRR donations. We will have a piggy bank at Wallingford Regatta on Sunday. Thank you. Getting there.

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  • Di Binley

    Di Binley

    3 days ago

    Di Binley

    More from Helene's test ride on the Genny Segway. Count the 'wow's and see the joy! And let us know if your employer has a fund we can access for a small donation. Every £1 helps. We collected £22 at JIRR.

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  • Di Binley

    Di Binley

    6 days ago

    Di Binley

    Helene had a test ride with a Genny Segway today and was super-thrilled to find that she could go on grass, up and down kerbs, and to hear that sand will be no problem. Helene was able to manage the controls & felt secure & safe in it! Look at the smile.

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144

  • Rachel Dulai

    Rachel Dulai

    Apr 25, 2017

    All the very best and glad that the test runs have gone so well ! Rachel

    £20.00

  • Laura

    Laura

    Apr 25, 2017

    Best of luck reaching the target.

    £50.00

  • GRC Men's Quad Squad

    GRC Men's Quad Squad

    Apr 25, 2017

    We hope Helene enjoys her new wheels - from the current crew of the boat at Guildford Rowing Club named in her honour.

    £100.00

  • Katy young

    Katy young

    Apr 25, 2017

    £20.00

  • Jackie Prout

    Jackie Prout

    Apr 25, 2017

    adding a bit to the pot, hope it continues to grow.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 25, 2017

    Hope this helps a little

    £10.00

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    Anonymous

    Apr 25, 2017

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Di Binley

Di Binley

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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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