Four wheely great causes

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Ugby Is well known for its sup­port of char­i­ties, so we de­cided to high­light four cur­rent pro­jects. First up is Wooden spoon’s lat­est cam­paign, which aims to buy a rugby wheelchair for ev­ery wheelchair rugby club in the UK and Ire­land.

only 18% of peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity in the UK take part in sport – less than half the num­ber of non-dis­abled peo­ple. so Wooden spoon hope to raise £95,000 to buy wheel­chairs and make it eas­ier to take up the game.

R“In­vest­ing in chil­dren and young peo­ple is not just about giv­ing them some­thing to do at the week­end,” says for­mer gb cap­tain steve brown, “it gives them con­fi­dence that flour­ishes into ev­ery part of their life.”

Char­lie Hether­ing­ton, 22, of glouces­ter Wheelchair rugby Club, backs this up by say­ing: “I love that wheelchair rugby is so in­clu­sive. It has given me and so many of my team-mates a new lease of life.” see wood­en­spoon.org.uk

RE­CY­CLING CEN­TRE

sos Kit Aid has been go­ing strong for 15 years and re­cently made its 500th de­liv­ery. The char­ity re­cy­cles used and new rugby kit, ship­ping it to emerg­ing rugby coun­tries. so far 250

“whEELChAIR RuGBY hAS GIvEN ME AND So

over the age of 15? you should be check­ing your tes­ti­cles once a month for warn­ing signs of tes­tic­u­lar can­cer. The goal of odd­balls’ Check your­self cam­paign is to en­cour­age teens and men to do just that by re­mov­ing the stigma at­tached to talk­ing ‘balls’. see my­o­d­dballs.com

MEN­TAL GAINS

It’s men­tal Health Day on 10 oc­to­ber and one or­gan­i­sa­tion is look­ing to train more ‘men­tal first aiders’. men­tal Health First Aid is the men­tal health equiv­a­lent of phys­i­cal first-aid train­ing and their cour­ses aim to give peo­ple the skills to recog­nise signs of com­mon men­tal health is­sues. see mh­faeng­land.org

500 up gra­ham Price, sos Kit Aid Ceo John broad­foot and Wayne barnes

Lead­ing the charge Char­lie Hether­ing­ton launches an at­tack

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