Last week, Story Decorating Group was part of a group of businesses who each donated £500 via the Carlisle-based Geoff Brown Charitable Trust to help wheelchair athlete Simon Lawson from Maryport, in support of his bid to take part in the Paralympics in Rio this September.
Our Contracts Coordinator Claire Story attended the presentation of £4,000 at the Sands Centre in Carlisle. Claire said “Simon is such an inspiration and really has no idea how amazing he really is. Rob and I have both known Simon for a number of years so when Geoff first brought his idea to us we jumped at the chance to support such a genuine, hardworking, local lad.”
Simon, 33, was presented with the cash as a surprise. He said: “This money will make all the difference. I need the money to pay for travel expenses to races in Paris, Seoul and London and new tyres cost a couple of hundred pounds every time. I am very grateful.”
Simon competes in marathons as part of Team GB, but the final squad for Rio will not be selected until May. Meanwhile Simon is training at the Sands Centre gym in Carlisle and on the roads of west Cumbria near his home.
Simon had hopes of becoming a motocross star before an accident left him paralysed at the age of 19. Even with life-changing injuries, he came through it took up road racing instead.
Simon can now continue his quest for team GB selection in Rio. We look forward to cheering him on!
Donations came from Story Decorating Group, CCBuild Solutions, Laversdale Timber Company Limited, A P & J Brown Builders, Robert Little Garages Ltd of Harker, Graeme Howe Fencing Ltd, Ian Milburn from Furness Windows and Birmingham-based surfacing firm Kiely Brothers.
Photo : Back, from left, Claire Story, from Story Decorating Group, Adrian Asbridge, from CC Build Solutions, Garry Robinson, from Laversdale Timber Company, fundraiser Geoff Brown, Andy Brown, from AP and J Brown Ltd and Robert Little from Robert Little Garages