Invacare has loaned a modified Küschall wheelchair to help a disability sports club climb Wales’ second highest peak, Pen-y-Fan.
The specially designed chair was originally built to reach Everest base camp and will be used by Mark Turner, one of the founders of Ebbw Vale Wheelchair Sports Club, to help raise £30,000 over the next year to purchase sports wheelchairs and equipment for the club.
Turner will be helped to the summit by a team of 15 rugby players, club sponsors, and team members who will push and pull the specially designed wheelchair to the top.
Supported by friends and family, it will be an early start on 11 November as the team aim to reach the summit in time to hold a two-minute silence at 11am.
As Club Secretary, Turner is aiming to increase membership, currently at 40 team members, but more importantly raise awareness of the variety of sports and opportunities available for people with disabilities.
The club was formed after a taster session run by coach, Lyndon Price. Recently it has benefitted with local sponsorship from businesses and received a grant from Disability Sports Wales.
Turner, a former Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineer, said he wants the club to be a hub for all sports in the area.
“We currently offer three types of rugby, rugby league, fives and sevens, but with the extra funds, the club can expand its sports offering to include Boccia, Badminton and Table Tennis.
“I can’t wait to do this challenge in the modified Küschall wheelchair, originally built to reach the base camp of Everest, is perfect for this event.”