Fundraising Freebrough

Helping Josh to own his very own specialist wheelchair to continue playing the sport he loves!

Josh Whitwell, Y9 Freebrough Academy student, began playing wheelchair basketball for the Tees Valley Titans and now travels across the country for competitions.

Kindly loaned a specialist wheelchair from the Titans, Josh enjoyed the game so much and found that he had a talent for the game. He wished however he had his own wheelchair, allowing him to continue to flourish in the sport he loves.

That’s when the fundraising began. We needed to raise £1400 to help Josh own his own sports wheelchair. The school donated money, there were raffles and tombolas; everyone wanted to help Josh!

Freebrough’s youth club, Friday@Freebrough helped by organising a bingo / tombola night.

The Station Hotel in Loftus donated all of the money from selling cakes, coffee and tea during The East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix on Sunday 02 April 2017. We would like to thank them for their generosity and kindness and also thank Cath Urban for the beautiful cakes.

Within two weeks, the school and local community raised an astonishing £927. With the money donated on Josh’s fundraising page, the total amount exceeded £1500.

Josh is so excited at the prospect of ha
ving his own wheelchair, which will enable him to progress through the ranks at his local wheelchair basketbal club. Josh’s wheelchair has now been ordered and specially made for him.

Josh would like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved. Freebrough are delighted to have supported such a talented student and hope that this will lead to an even brighter future in the sport for Josh. It just shows how a community can pull together!