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Disabled sports charity receives £4.5k donation from Freemason group

PUBLISHED: 14:28 21 July 2017

(L-R): Steve and Michelle Kemp, with Robin and Eileen Rush, presenting the donation to Chris Rattenbury of WheelPower. Photo: Richard Pryor

(L-R): Steve and Michelle Kemp, with Robin and Eileen Rush, presenting the donation to Chris Rattenbury of WheelPower. Photo: Richard Pryor

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A charity which helps people with disabilities take part in sport has received a £4,500 donation from a group of Norfolk Freemasons.

Members of the Wroxham-based Boileau Lodge have completed a triathlon to raise funds for Wheelpower, which offers opportunities for disabled people to get active.

Freemasonry is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2017, with a series of sporting challenges. Robin Rush cycled 300km in Norfolk to mark 300 years; while Steve Kemp ran 20.17km, and Michelle Kemp completed a 3km swim, one for every century.

Chris Rattenbury, an ambassador for WheelPower said: “I was delighted to receive the cheque and meet those who have made this very generous donation possible.

“The money will go towards a second Primary Sports Camp to be held in Norfolk.

“The first, held in 2016, introduced 69 children to cricket, wheelchair basketball, boccia, table games and golf.”

Mr Rush, who is 76 years old but still very active, said: “There are so many youngsters with disabilities wanting to join in with activities, so this has been my charity focus in our Tercentenary year”.

Mr Kemp, who is also a keen sportsman added: “I have been involved with WheelPower helping to organise events and have seen how much support is given to help people with disabilities participate in sport.

“Robin and I have experienced so much pleasure from sport, we want to help others do the same”.

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