Three girls from Queen’s were invited to open a powerchair football session for the Cheltenham Powerchair Football Club, which was filmed as part of a BBC TV series, “Let’s Get a Good Thing Going”. The club won a bidding contest on the TV programme, which enabled them to hold free sessions for both disabled and able-bodied people in Gloucestershire, to provide a fun session for the charity’s users and local community and to raise money and awareness for the charity.
Queen’s has been supporting the charity since 2016, and the girls – Mollie Lyle, Imogen Cutts and Jess Hale – were invited by the Chairman to present a cheque for over £600, the house’s donation from money raised since September 2017. Earlier in the year, Queen’s organised a charity fun day, which included a fun powerchair football session and a barbecue with Southwood for families and friends.
Mollie commented, “It was a very emotionally moving day for me. I got to see a dozen children laughing and enjoying themselves, even when faced with the constant challenges of muscular dystrophy. I would encourage anybody to give up an hour or two of their Sunday to help out with a session, as it really does make a difference to their lives. Without our support or fundraising, they could not afford their £8000 specialised chairs or enough to hire out the venue to train at.”
Jess agreed, “I really enjoyed volunteering at the wheelchair power football event. It was amazing to meet all the players and I was touched and humbled by their perseverance and optimism despite their disabilities.”
Imogen added, “When we had a go in the chair I found it so hard to control and it makes you appreciate the skill involved. I would definitely like to go again to help out and watch one of their matches.”