23-year-old Ben lives in Newport with his parents and is currently studying for an English degree at Sterling university.
Ben was thrilled with the support he received:
The support I have received from the Roddam Charity will help massively going into the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The grant i received has gone towards a new race chair. The race chair is the most important piece of equipment I can gave for my sport; without a race chair that fits perfectly, I won’t be able to achieve my goals, which over the next couple of years is to make the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Dubai of November 2019 and selection for the 2019 Paralympic team.
This season has got off to a great start thanks to my new Bromakin racing chair. Buying the chair was made possible thanks to generous help from The Roddam Charity. My first race of the season was the British University Championships where I secured two gold medals for Stirling University athletics club.
After a few more track meets I made my way to Arbon, Switzerland to compete in Swiss race series. Racing over 3 days I competed in distances 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. I achieved personal bests in 100m, 200m and 400m. Additionally my 800m was faster than all races I entered in the previous two years. After making some adjustments and getting used to the new chair I think it is clear that the racing chair is working well for me. These achievements would not be possible without the support of the Roddam Charity.
The Roddam Charity awards grants to residents of Newport and surrounding areas (TF10 postcode area).
People of all ages who are sick, convalescent, disabled or infirm can apply and grants can be used to pay for items/equipment, services or facilities to assist with recovery where help is not readily available from other sources.