PARALYMPIC legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has thanked a North-East transport firm for backing a disability sports group’s gold rush campaign during the London Games.
Nicholson’s Transport donated £10 for every gold medal won by Team GB during the 2012 Paralympics to the Durham Area Disability Leisure Group (DADLG).
Team GB won 34 golds at the Games, meaning Nicholson’s Transport donated £340 to the group.
The figure was added to by some of Nicholson’s business contacts raising an impressive £1,400 for the group, which is based at Durham University’s Maiden Castle sports facility.
Baroness Grey-Thompson, who is patron of the group, said: “It’s an amazing gesture by Nicholson’s Transport and was a great way to raise funds for DADLG.
“It’s very tough for business at the moment so for companies to make a donation makes a huge difference – we are very grateful.
“Groups such as DADLG are providing opportunities for people that might not otherwise have the chance to get involved in sports such as rowing, climbing and rugby – that’s very important for their social lives and wellbeing.”
The group provides sports and leisure opportunities for up to 300 young people and their families with activities including quad biking, taekwondo, football, trampoline, cycling and climbing.
Its members are young people aged between eight and 25, with physical, learning, sensory and multiple disabilities, who without the support of DADLG would find it difficult to access regular sports opportunities.
Nicholson’s Transport, based in Billingham, decided to launch its gold medal pledge after realising its own silver anniversary coincided with the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London.
The fundraising was supported by North-East businesses and individuals including Casper Shipping, Driver Hire Nationwide, Seaton Leisure, Exwold Technology, Carlton & Co, Publicity Seekers and packaging company RPS.
David Nicholson, managing director of Nicholson’s Transport, said: “We have been great admirers and supporters of DADLG for many years because they raise the hopes and aspirations of the young people they work with.
“It’s an amazing group and I am absolutely delighted that the Gold Rush campaign was able to raise valuable funds for the group which will help with events and activities in the coming months.
“The money raised will go a long way in helping young people realise their sporting ambitions and potentially become Paralympians themselves.”