Funding disabled veterans’ rehabilitation through sport

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to award a £12,500 grant to the British Ex-Services Wheelchair Sports Association (BEWSA) towards the costs of veterans’ rehabilitation through sport, including a team’s participation at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 2022 and 2023.

The charity often supports partner charities that help disabled veterans engaged in sporting-related activities as part of their rehabilitation. BEWSA has been helping injured veterans through competitive sport since 1987.

The grant will enable the charity to provide welfare support, financial help and sporting equipment to wheelchair disabled military veterans. BEWSA will also use the grant to fund a GB team of disabled wheelchair athletes competing at the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tempe Arizona in July and again in New York next year.

Edwin Thomas, MBE, PLY, JP, Chairman of BEWSA, said:

BEWSA is deeply honoured to have the support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for our work helping wheelchair veterans who have been injured in service to our country. Participating and training in wheelchair sports plays a major role in the rehabilitation, mental wellbeing and comradeship of disabled veterans and their immediate family members. We thank the Army’s national charity for helping disabled army veterans in times of need.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

Our charity is deeply committed to helping seriously injured veterans. We are inspired by the dedication shown by Edwin and his team in helping them to stay active and take part in international competitive sport. We are proud to fund GB teams competing in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games for the next two years.

More details about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are available here: https://wheelchairgames.org/

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