A wheelchair basketball club has taken delivery of five new wheelchairs thanks to fundraising and a sponsorship scheme.

Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball club, based at the new Ellesmere Port Sports Village, are the proud owners of five new RGK Sports Wheelchairs thanks to collecting in Chester city centre, bag packing at Chester Asda and Sainsbury’s, a donation from Chester Waitrose and the Lord's Taverners’ Sports Wheelchair Sponsorship Scheme.

Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club

Club treasurer Karen Illston said: “Without the support of these local businesses we could not have raised the money we needed and the club are so grateful for their help. It is great to see the players in their new chairs.”

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One of the club’s newest players, Ben Field-Davies of Ellesmere Port, received his new sports wheelchair from The Lord’s Taverners thanks to the efforts of local School Games Organiser Mark Poole based at the University Church of England Academy in the town.

Mark said: “It was such an honour to have helped Ben fulfil one of his dreams of being able to be more active and play some of his favourite sports both in and out of school. Ben’s confidence has gone from strength to strength since he has had use of his own sports chair, and it’s been great to see him play with a smile on his face.”

Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club

Club head coach Anna Jackson added: “It makes such a difference for our young players to have chairs made to their requirements and we can already see the difference in their game. It’s also great to have new chairs available for when other new people join the club.

“We would like to say a huge thankyou to all the organisations that helped us raise the money and to The Lord Taverner’s and RGK Wheelchairs for their generous support.”

For more information on Wheelchair Basketball contact Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club on 07711 356541 or visit website www.cheshirephoenixwbc.co.uk

For more information on The Lord’s Taverners visit www.lordstaverners.org