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Primary school pupils raise cash for wheelchair
2:00pm Friday 20th July 2012 in News
YOUNGSTERS at Witney Community Primary School have raised £1,000 to buy a wheelchair so a disabled person can take part in sport.
Pupils at the Hailey Road school sold cakes, held movie nights and had a fun day and talent show to raise the cash.
Staff also took part and held a fit club, which raised £100. The school was inspired to act after charity WheelPower and disabled powerlifter Chris Rattenbury met with the youngsters in October.
Mr Rattenbury, who competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, said: “It is a fantastic achievement and really will make a difference. Being able to take part in sport gave me a new lease of life.”
He added: “The children have all worked very hard.”
Headteacher Jill Meyer said: “The children had the opportunity to sit in the wheelchair and move around and feel how difficult that is.
“When the Paralympics is on they will understand what an achievement these people have made.”