‘Amaz­ing’ Trevor can’t wait to race

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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