New fundraising campaign launched to Supercharge ParalympicsGB for Rio 2016 and beyond

07 January 2016

People are being encouraged to help ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ by supporting a new fundraising campaign launched today.

All money raised will help to fund the ParalympicsGB team – including a number of athletes based at the University of Bath – not only at the Rio 2016 Games but also at Pyongchang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.

The British Paralympic Association (BPA), a registered charity, has historically received some public fundraising support but the Supercharge ParalympicsGB campaign will take this to a whole new level.

Paralympic legend and BPA patron Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be the toughest, most competitive Games yet and ParalympicsGB will need to be the best it’s ever been to win the medals the nation craves.

“The team needs as much support and preparation as possible in the final crucial months of preparation to win those medals and ensure Great Britain continues to be a leading force in Paralympic sport over the next decade.

“I am delighted to be part of this campaign to ask the British public to give its support.”

The University of Bath proudly has strong links with the BPA and hosted the final preparation camp for ParalympicsGB ahead of the London 2012 Games.

Among the aspiring Rio 2016 Paralympians currently based at the Sports Training Village are athletes Paul Blake, Katrina Hart, Sophie Kamlish, Polly Maton and Ben Rushgrove, and wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver.

For more information about the Supercharge ParalympicsGB campaign, including details of a Text to Donate facility, go to www.paralympics.org.uk/supercharge

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