Generous businesses in Norwich take part in sporting weekend to raise funds for disabled children
PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 September 2014
Fundraisers across the county challenged themselves to help change the lives of disabled children this weekend by pushing themselves to extremes.
In Norwich, businesses teamed up to organise a wheelchair basketball match at the UEA Sportspark.
Staff at financial planners Loveday and Partners, estate agents Pymm & Co, chartered accountants Larking Gowen, law firm Howes Percival and online learning company Oilennium were among those who took on wheelchair basketball team Norwich Lowriders.
And despite losing 54-19, the group raised £4,000 for Whizz-Kids, which provides equipment and support for disabled children, and £500 for the Norwich Lowriders.
Mark Loveday, Director of Loveday and Partners said: “What the Whizz-Kids do is give less fortunate members of our community opportunities we take for granted.
“The Lowriders are so dedicated and we were really blown away by their skill, from a basketball perspective they were so on point.
“The match was a team effort and shows how philanthropic the Norwich business community can be.”
Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Manager for the East of England said: “The wheelchair basketball match was an incredible event and such an enjoyable one for all involved.
“The amount raised is almost enough to be able to pay for a powered wheelchair to ensure a disabled child’s life is changed forever.
“I would like to say a huge thankyou to Mark Loveday and Steve Pymm for their generosity and wonderful organisation skills in making the day such a success, and thankyou also to Norwich Lowriders whose win was quite spectacular!”
Not wanting to sit on the sidelines and let others do all the hard work, Jessica, who lives in Sprowston, also took on her own challenge this weekend too.
The 29-year-old was part of a group skydive at Ellough Airfield in Beccles and said she was thrilled to be part of the fundraising.
“It was an incredible experience, so quick but enjoyable,” she said.
“We have raised at least £2,500 from the skydive so this weekend was a wonderful fundraising success.”
Whizz-Kidz has given mobility equipment to 309 children in the East of England and runswheelchair skills training sessions in the region.
For more information, visit whizz-kidz.org.uk.
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