Get Kids Going! has a fantastic team of wheelchair athletes competing in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon with race day being on Sunday 26th April.
The team are hoping to win both the Senior Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Marathon and hopefully most of the Junior Wheelchair races too!
Get Kids Going!, Vice President, David Weir is aiming for a record breaking 7th win! He has been supported by Get Kids Going! since he was twelve and has won the Silverstone and Lisbon Half Marathons already this year! David tells us that he is on great form and looking forward to the race.
Shelly in action at the Athletics World Cup
Shelly Woods, one of our athletes and ambassadors, has been part of the Get Kids Going! team for 10 years and will be looking for her second London Marathon victory after winning the Women’s Wheelchair race at the Lisbon Half Marathon at the end of March.
In the Junior Wheelchair Racing team Get Kids Going! have five fantastic disabled youngsters taking part including: Issac Towers, Dillon Labrooy and Ben Rowlings who will be competing in the Boys Under 17’s race whilst Eden Rainbow-Cooper will be taking part in the Girls Under 17’s race. Finally, Graham Spencer, will compete in the Boys Under 14’s race. All our wonderful youngsters dream of being as good as the Weir Wolf himself one day!
As well as the Get Kids Going! wheelchair team we have over 300 fantastic runners who are taking part in the Marathon to raise money for the charity. We are extremely grateful for all their wonderful support and kindness and are looking forward to cheering them all along on race day.
We are delighted to send our best wishes and good luck to all our athletes and runners for marathon day!
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.
Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games and the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.
There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!.
Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.
We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.
The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.
The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.
In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.
please help us turn their dreams into reality!.
Our work would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to you all.