On Sunday 08 October five teams of Bedford Modern School (BMS) Sixth Form students took to the track in the sixth annual ‘Rotary Wheelchair Challenge – Push4it’ charity event at Bedford International Athletic Stadium, organised by Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Rotary Club’s Charity Trust.
The Wheelchair Challenge allows able-bodied and disabled people to experience what it is like to race 50m along the track in a wheelchair. Over the past six years the event has raised more than £30,000 split between Whizz-Kids, Wheelpower, Sport Bedford and Herts Sport and Wellbeing Foundation. The charities all support disabled children and young adults from initial mobility to local sport and to potentially becoming a future Paralympian.
John White, Director of Sixth Form at BMS, said: “‘We are really pleased that so many of our Sixth Form students chose to be involved with the wheelchair challenge by both participating and raising money. It is a fantastic initiative that we as a School will continue to support moving forward.”
BMS Co-chair of Charities, Naveen Basra, added: “I was surprised how much hard work it takes to compete in a wheelchair but it was so much fun. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was great to be able to raise money for some worthwhile charities at the same time.”