Ellie’s Powerchair Fundraising

We recently ran a story on social media about one of our wonderful students, Ellie Nichols.  

Ellie, a student in our Endeavour faculty, is 17 years old and is a wheelchair user.

Ellie says she originally attended wheelchair skills training when she was aged just 4 years old and went for around two years before the class was finished due to a lack of funding.

Some years later she was introduced to Powerchair Football through her school, KTS Academy.

Ellie has recently taken on the challenge of raising funds for her beloved sport and hopes to be a journalist in the future, so here writes her own piece on the story so far.

 

Powerchair Fundraiser, by Ellie Nichols

On Thursday, the 2nd of May, Endeavour took part in a wheelchair football fundraising event for my football club (Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club), which always needs money and equipment to stay open. It’s not a very well-known sport and it’s not televised either, so football clubs like mine really do struggle.

Within our faculty, all classes came together in the sports hall. My coaches and another member of the football club, and fellow student James Found, came along to answer questions and show the students some of our wheelchair skills within the sport.

Staff and students really loved asking questions about it and getting to know the game.

We also had a bake sale and face painting, both of which went down really well with staff and students alike.

There was also a competitive football match between students, and then to finish the afternoon we had a penalty shootout. We had cheerleaders on the side with pom-poms to cheer everybody on.

Overall, I can’t tell you what a difference this will make to the football club. We genuinely love the sport, but upkeep is just so expensive. In total, we raised £182.72.

Again, on behalf of the club, we are so grateful to everybody that signed the blind cards, anybody that contributed in any way at all.

We would like to say thank you!