A young man from Haverhill who broke his neck in 2012 is trying to raise money to buy a specialist chair for wheelchair rugby.
Callum Jefferson, 19, was paralysed after breaking his neck in a free-running accident.
Callum found he was able to compete in wheel chair rugby and, from February to September, he makes weekly journeys to Woodbridge to train with the Warriors wheelchair rugby team.
“I love it,” said Callum. “When I was training, I was scouted by Team GB for the Olympics but, because I didn’t have my own chair at the time, I would have been unable to train properly.”
Donations from the community have already raised about £1,200 towards the £3,000 needed to buy the chair.
“Having my own chair would help massively,” said Callum. “At the moment, the team has wheelchairs I can use, but if everyone turns up and there isn’t a spare, I’m stuck. It would be more comfortable too, and I’d be able to train to get to the level I want to be at. When I’m training, I get stronger and can cope better.”
Callum’s mother, Mandy South, said involvement in the wheelchair rugby really improved Callum’s quality of life and hoped for a final boost in funding to help them afford the equipment. He’s quadriplegic,” she said. “He has trouble using his fingers, they’re all wobbly. He’s managing now, but he needs the chair to get around.
“We’ve had to fund everything ourselves and have had no financial support, apart from people’s donations.
“Four times a year they have a tournament. His own chair would be amazing.
“Everyone who knows Callum knows he has handled the situation really well and gives uplifting support to others on his journey. We are very proud of him.”
Donations can be given at http://www.gofundme.com/feojt8