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Minister for Disabled People visits Aylesbury

WheelPower welcomed him at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:58pm 7th February 2020. (Updated at 1:04pm 7th February 2020) 3-minute read.

Minister for Disabled People visits Aylesbury

The Minister for Disabled People visited Aylesbury yesterday.

Justin Tomlinson MP was welcomed by WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sports, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium along with Aylesbury MP, Rob Butler.

They were invited to see the 'Feel Inspired Junior Sports Camp' and try out some sports themselves.

This is a programme that see's disabled children enjoying fun and family friendly sports and activities.

With 42% of people with a disability are inactive the sports camp wants to encourage the younger generation to embrace disabled sports. 

They also promote self-confidence, positivity and help develop self-reliance.

Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson said:

"With this year's Paralympic Games fast approaching, it's been a pleasure to meet the young people and apprentices benefiting from this inclusive and innovative progrthe birthplace of the Paralympic movement in the UK."

"It is through programmes like this, which are inspiring the next generation of Paralympians, that young disabled people can pursue their dreams without barriers.

"This aspiration will be at the heart of our national strategy for disabled people and will build on vital work that is already under way."

WheelPower believe that all wheelchair users should be able to play sport and lead an active life. 

They want to promote the awareness of sports as well as encourage involvement.

Jessica Green, one of the previous participants of the Camps, said,

"It's given me an amazing experience, I've met so many inspirational people, I feel healthier and happier and the Camps have given me a more positive outlook on what I could achieve in life as a disabled person."

The camps are free of charge and all activities are adapted to suit different abilities.

June 7th see's the return of Mix96's Tour De Vale, with money raised going to support WheelPower.

Last year saw over £56,000 raised across 1,409 cyclists. 

Click here for more details on the Tour De Vale.

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