Wheelchairs are no obstacle in Run Reigate

Two residents from Dorincourt took part in Intersport Run Reigate’s 5k challenge, becoming the first ever participants to be pushed along the course by other runners.

Ashleigh and Jonathon are residents at QEF’s Independent Living Service, and both have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. They weren’t able to use self-propelling wheelchairs to get around the course, but that didn’t stop them – thanks to Ana-Maria and Ellie, who work with them at QEF.

Already taking part in the run, Ana-Maria and Ellie liked the idea of opening up the race to residents as well. This wasn’t a small commitment, as they would be pushing Ashleigh and Jonathon along the route as they ran. They had to plan for the weight of the wheelchairs and how to manage personal care requirements on the day – but the run was a huge success, and everyone had a good time! All four of them took on this challenge to celebrate inclusivity whilst also raising money for QEF’s new Care and Rehabilitation Centre.

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If you would like to take part in a challenge event and raise money for QEF, email events@qef.org.uk or visit qef.org.uk/events