Disabled sports charity receives £4.5k donation from Freemason group

(L-R): Steve and Michelle Kemp, with Robin and Eileen Rush, presenting the donation to Chris Rattenb

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

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.

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'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'.

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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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