Kind-hearted Mark Hall Academy to host fundraiser for Richard Chiassaro

Athletics / Fri 11th Dec 2015 at 02:26pm

PUPILS at Mark Hall Academy in Harlow, Essex are supporting a former pupil to raise funds for a new custom-fitted racing wheelchair.

Paralympic hopeful Richard Chiassaro’s racing wheelchair was destroyed by vandals earlier this month.

Generous pupils at Academy Transformation Trust’s Mark Hall Academy will be holding a Christmas jumper day on 18 December and all funds raised will be donated to the Crowdfunder campaign towards Richard’s new chair.  Pupils and staff are being encouraged to wear festive jumpers in exchange for a donation and they have asked staff at nearby Mark Hall Sports Centre to join in.
Over £2,000 of the £8,000 required for the new chair has already been raised via Richard’s crowdfunder page. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/richard-chiassaro-race-chair-1​

Richard discovered the damage when he arrived for training on 7 December.

The wheel frame and steering mechanism of Richard’s chair were damaged, all three wheels were buckled and the mudguards were bent.
Each racing chair is handmade and custom fit to the athlete, so it will be difficult to get a replacement chair quickly.

Richard, who has spina bifida, has been training hard and is hoping to secure a place in Great Britain’s team for next year’s Paralympics in Rio. He is currently in the top six in the world rankings in his specialist events, the 100m and 200m.

Corinne Franceschi, Principal at Mark Hall Academy, said, “We were saddened to hear that Richard’s chair had been vandalised and we are all too happy to help a former pupil.

“At Mark Hall and at ATT we are a family and we support one another. We are encouraging all of our pupils and staff to put on their most festive knitwear and raise as much as possible for Richard’s new chair.

“We will be planning various events throughout the year to support Richard with his fundraising and we wish him all the very best!”

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