‘Amazing’ Trevor can’t wait to race
ARESIDENT at a well-loved charity who has watched others running to raise money is now taking on his own race in a wheelchair.
Trevor Kennerley, 51, has been living at the Rossendale Trust for 29 years and has seen dozens of staff and volunteers take part in marathons and other running events over the years to help keep the centre going.
He has wanted to do something to raise money himself but has cerebral palsy which means he has very limited movement.
He can walk very small distances with the aid of a walking frame and is a keen swimmer, but relies on getting around in his wheelchair. Trevor is also registered blind.
But now, with the help of two friends at the char- ity, he’s preparing to take part in his first race.
It’s not possible for Trevor to take in a lot of running events in his wheelchair but he’s able to do the Manchester 10k with some support.
He will tackle the race in his wheelchair with Karl Downing, who works in PR and fundraising for the charity, and Jason Blythe, manager of the charity’s Oakwood Centre, taking it in turns to help him along the route.
Trevor said: “Karl and Jason have been running marathons and other runs for the trust and I wanted to have a go.
“When I was told I could do the Manchester 10k I was over the moon.”
Karl Downing said he’s delighted to help his friend Trevor fulfil his dream.
He said: “Trevor has watched others run and followed their training progress as they built up their fitness to big events such as the Manchester 10k for many years.
“He has enjoyed following these events with keen interest but decided it was time to have a go himself and get involved.
“So Rossendale asked Trevor and of course he said yes a huge yes. Trevor was absolutely delighted to be asked to be involved.
“Trevor loves a joke, especially puns. He truly is an amazing man.”
The Rossendale Trust, based in Sutton, supports 58 people with learning disabilities and some physical disabilities to live their lives as independently as possible.
Sue Heaven, head of fundraising, said: “It’s wonderful that Trevor is taking part in such a fantastic event. He is very excited and has informed us that he is already in training.”
To donate go to virginmoneygiving.com/team/ tkennerley.
●● From left: Jason Blythe, Trevor Kennerley and Karl Downing