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Harry Thomas

Harry Thomas Appeal

I am fundraising for Caudwell Children because they are helping me to buy a sports wheelchair

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Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK. We act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. We provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

My name is Harry, I'm 18 years old and I'm from Haverfordwest, in
Pembrokeshire. 
 

I have has spina bifida, a condition that restricts my ability to walk and stand for long time.

I'm studying sports analysis at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and I enjoy sport.

I have represented Wales at wheelchair basketball since the age of 10, and Disability Sports Wales in wheelchair racing since 2017.

When I began studying in Cardiff, last September,I was keen to make new friends and improve my fitness further, so I joined Cardiff Wheelchair Tennis Club.

I train twice a week at the David Lloyd centre in Cardiff and it's really beginning to improve my technique and understanding of
the game.

In order to play the game I have to borrow a specialist wheelchair from the club, but it’s far from ideal.

Using a chair that hasn’t been set up for me specifically makes it more difficult to use and I’m at a disadvantage to the other players. ,

I was advised that the specialist sports wheelchair that would best suit my needs would cost a whopping £5,574, which was obviously way out of my student budget!

Without a specialist chair my tennis career could be over before it’s started. 

I love the game so much that during the summer I’m travelling the 1.45 hour journey from my family home in Pembrokeshire, to continue training.

I’m determined to become the best I can be at the sport but without a chair of my own I fear I’ll be unable to do this.

The Grand Slam Tennis Sports wheelchair that I need is perfectly designed to improve my agility and speed on court. However, whilst I know it would take me to the next level the financial barrier initially appeared to be insurmountable.    

But now, thanks to fundraising support from Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, I've started a campaign
to help raise the money needed for the new chair.

The charity has already helped me to contact a number of different organisations including charities, rotary clubs, and masons lodges.

However, I want to appeal to the public and the business community and ask them to give me a helping hand. With their support I believe I may have a good future in the game.  

 I’m urging the public and business community to get behind this appeal. With their support I'm hoping that I can get the specialist equipment that I desperately need to continue playing the game.

Thank you! 

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