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MP inspired by Hannah
4:00pm Friday 8th March 2013 in News
LEDBURY’S MP Bill Wiggin met a paralympic champion as he lent his support to a new initiative to provide more opportunities for young disabled people.
The North Herefordshire politician joined wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft at the House of Commons to launch a new manifesto for the charity Whizz-Kidz.
He said: “It was fantastic to meet Hannah and the WhizzKidz ambassadors and hear about the charity’s valuable work providing mobility equipment and opportunities for young disabled people.
“They do fantastic work locally in providing disabled children and young people with wheelchairs and with life skills through their work placements programme and wheelchair skills training.”
The Generation Inspired manifesto hopes to create a Paralympics legacy following last year’s games in London.
Miss Cockroft, aged 20, won gold in both the 100m and 200m T34 wheelchair races, breaking two world records in the process.
She received her first sports wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz just six years ago.
“The day I received my wheelchair changed my life,”
“My hope for the legacy of the Paralympics is that more young disabled people will not just be inspired, but have the opportunities to go for gold and succeed in whatever they want to do.”