On Thursday 25 November local charity WheelPower hosted their annual Seasonal Shopping Evening at the Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement, Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
The annual shopping event has been supported by the Buckinghamshire community over many years and in 2021, WheelPower was delighted to welcome back local people to their Stoke Mandeville home to begin the festive season in style.
There were over 20 stallholders present on the day selling a variety of unique Christmas gifts, alongside the very popular WheelPower cake stall and tombola. The highlight of the evening was the 26-strong signing choir from Stoke Mandeville Combined School who serenaded the visitors as they shopped.
‘Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at Stoke Mandeville Stadium for this year’s Seasonal Shopping Evening. After such a challenging 18 months for the charity it was wonderful to see the community come together and support our first indoor event since the pandemic began. We could not believe how many people came along and it was one of our busiest shopping evenings yet!
“We are thrilled to say that this year’s event raised over £2000 for WheelPower. As the national charity for wheelchair sport we help disabled people to lead healthier and more active lives through our online resources, spinal unit programme and in person events and as we look ahead to 2022 we can assure you that every penny raised from our events will make a real difference to so many, both in Buckinghamshire and beyond.
‘Finally, we would like to say a special thank you to our wonderful WheelPower volunteers who support the charity in making our events such a huge success. We could not do it without them and we are so grateful to them all for their continued dedication, enthusiasm and support,’ said Jo Hall, Events & Fundraising at WheelPower.
If you would like to find out more about WheelPower and the physical activity opportunities they provide for people with disabilities then please visit the website www.wheelpower.org.uk.