Campaign for wheelchair sport to arrive in Bedford

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A tour highlighting wheelchair sports will arrive in Bedford on Saturday, April 22.

From 10.30am to 11am a colourful dragon boat carrying a special wheel chair will splash up and down outside the Bedford Swan Hotel stretch of the river.

This will be followed by fun and games on the grounds in front of the Castle Mound.

There will be the chance to enter a riverside walk competition and win Love Bedford gift vouchers donated by local Bedford businesses.

The event is part of a nationwide Rotary Club of Great Britain & Ireland and Wheelpower charity relay.

The challenge is to find unusual ways to transport a sports wheelchair around the country.

In Bedford that will be on the Great River Ouse by a dragon boat - surrounded by other river crafts from local clubs and organisations.

They will meet local wheelchair sports stars at the Bedford Swan Hotel terrace between 11am and 12 noon.

A picnic will be held on the Castle Mound grounds in the afternoon - and all are welcome.

An annual Wheelchair Challenge, the concept of which was dreamt up by Howard Darbon, president of Sport Bedford and organiser of the successful pre-London 2012 Training Camps, has raised more than £30,000 to date.

It has been held every October at the International Sport Stadium in Barker’s Lane.

It inspired WheelPower and Rotary International to organise the Round Britain event, thus enabling more disabled people to fulfil their potential and ambitions in sport.

Howard is also driving forward a project to establish a Wheelchair Racing Club in Bedford to cater for those who want to expand their involvement in sport.