At the Rose, we have been supporting Tom Miller. Tom is an incredible 13 year old boy who suffers with Cerebral Palsy affecting all four limbs but lower worse than upper. Tom attends grammar school locally to the Rose, and works extremely hard at everything he does.
During the Paralympics of 2012, Tom grew a desire for wheelchair racing. He was lucky enough to go to some of the events and wheelchair racing just really appealed to him more than anything else. In 2013, his parents purchased a second hand wheelchair for Tom to try and he started training sessions at the Marks Hall Sports Centre in Harlow. Tom has been going every week since. He has grown in confidence and has a real talent for the sport.
Tom went on to become officially classified at T34 at Loughborough University and now competes in events. He’s now training twice a week and competes in events wherever possible.
When our trustees first met with Tom’s parents, Tom was rapidly growing out of his current racing chair and they were wondering how they were going to replace but also afford the cost of all the other things that come with competitive sport such as physio, bike parts and clothing.
At the Rose, we have raised enough money for Tom to get a new racing chair from Draft. As you can tell from the image, he is absolutely delighted and we are too that we could help. We were supported by Prudential, McCarthy and Stone and Close Brothers. Thank you so much to those sponsors.
We’re all incredibly proud of Tom and all the effort he puts in to achieving his dream, we are very delighted to help him on his journey.
We’ll keep you up to date with Tom’s progress and more images of his new racing chair! To find out more about Tom and who we support please email firstname.lastname@example.org.