|Signwaves' resident road-runner, Steve Gilbert, is running the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday 24th October in aid of Sportability – a registered British charity providing sporting activities and challenging pursuits for people with paralysis.
And to help raise as much as possible, every donation of £10 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of Signwaves products.
Steve commented: “Sportability is a cause that’s been close to Signwaves for many years. So to be doing something I enjoy whilst at the same time raise money for such a worthy cause is a great opportunity. I hope many others will want to help Sportability, as their founder David Heard says, ‘put the adrenaline rush back into a life corralled by the wheelchair’ for disabled men and women throughout the UK. Please give generously and good luck for the prize draw!
To find out more and make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/steve-gilbert2010 or contact Signwaves on 01493 419300 or email email@example.com. For further information about Sportability, visit www.sportability.org.uk.
Update: Steve completed the EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon in a very respectable 1:57:55. And the lucky winner of the prize draw was Sean Heal of Sporting Signs.
Sportability was founded in 1989 by David Heard and aims to encourage and inspire people with conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis through a range of events including scuba diving, sailing, archery, angling, abseiling, quad-biking, gliding, golf, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting, micro-light flying, land-yachting, martial arts and wheelchair tennis.
From its initial operating base in Gloucestershire, Sportability has expanded over recent years and now provides a full calendar of events in eight regions around the UK, including East Anglia, East & West Midlands, Dorset & Hants, Bristol & Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Kent & East Sussex and Surrey - all made possible through local sponsorship.
And with other areas of the UK currently being considered, the Charity is pledging to bring new opportunities for even more paralysed people across the country. To give maximum accessibility, all Sportability events are completely free.
David Heard, Chief Executive of Sportability: “Sportability is not about creating elite sportsmen and women. It’s about trying something new and different, putting the adrenaline rush - the ‘buzz’ - back into a life corralled by the wheelchair, taking the 'dis' out of disability and focusing on ability. To inspire the thought, "If I can do this, what else can I achieve?"
He continued: “None of this would be possible without the help of many sincere and committed people. And our sponsors are an essential support system for the charity. Without them we simply couldn’t provide the programmes that help paralysed people to turn back on to a life worth living."