Widnes wheelchair tag rugby team storms ahead

Wheelchair tag rugby expands after gift donation

Mersey Storm players Chris Dennis and George Hill in action

Rear, from left, Rebecca Smith sports director Bankfield School, Andy Abernethy Medicash marketing manager, Paul Myler club chairman and John McMullen regional director for the RFL Front, from left, George Hill Mersey Storm and Welsh national player, Pau

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A WHEELCHAIR tag rugby club can now work with more disabled people, thanks to a gift from a health cash plan provider.

Widnes-based Mersey Storm has received £3,600 from Medicash to buy five new wheelchairs and expand its community work.

The club was founded in 2009, after voluntary group, Trust in Widnes, purchased wheelchairs and playing equipment.

The sport is unique, with both disabled and able bodied players taking part, creating an entirely inclusive event for people of all ages.

It was originally named Mersey Vikings Wheelchair Rugby League after being established by Widnes Vikings supporters.

Paul Myler, ex-Widnes and Warrington player and club chairman of Mersey Storm, said: “The value of the support that comes from companies like Medicash, is just fantastic.

“The team is really focused on developing the game and bringing their love of the sport to others, and this generous donation means they can do this whilst maximising their full potential.

“Medicash has shown true heart in backing the club, and on behalf of the whole team I would like to thank them for their contribution.”

The club now works with individuals across Merseyside and North Wales and changed its name to reflect its wider catchment area.

Players run taster sessions for students in schools and colleges and work with disability groups including Widnes Fellowship Centre and the Let’s Go Stroke Club.

Andy Abernethy, Medicash marketing manager said: “We are delighted to provide funding for Mersey Storm, which helps so many people to improve their physical and mental health, while offering people of all ages the chance to participate in this unique, fully-inclusive sport.”


 

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