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Beckie’s story – mental health, disability & the power of sport

Beckie White's story is both tragic and inspiring, but the Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby star has opened up on her mental health battle, her disability and how sport has helped the healing process.

Using the Strawberry Line in North Somerset, Beckie will one mile per day for five consecutive days, to raise funds for her own rugby specific chair, with four of her wheelchair rugby teammates replicating her challenge to show their support.

A £1,000 towards the cost has already been committed by long-standing Community Foundation partner, The Ciao Foundation – and Beckie is out to raise the remainder of the cost, with an entry level chair starting at approximately £3,000. To show your support and donate to Beckie’s cause, click here.

Find out Beckie’s inspiring story and journey – in her own words.

Beckie’s story – mental health, disability & the power of sport

“On December 30th, 2016 my life changed forever. Due to ongoing complex mental health difficulties - I attempted to commit suicide by jumping from a 60-foot motorway bridge.

“I suffered life changing injuries and had to go through extensive physio-therapy to be able to get where I am today. I am permanently disabled and take painkillers every day as well as medication to help me to manage my ongoing mental health.

“During my time in hospital I met an incredible lady with physical disabilities who inspired me and showed me I had a new path in life. She taught me not to give up and put me in touch with day centres and showed me that my life was worth living. This helped build my confidence and gave me an insight into what sports and hobbies I can do.

“Having new confidence in myself gave me the courage to join Bristol Bears Community Foundation’s weekly wheelchair rugby sessions. Bristol Bears has given me something that I look forward to every week. Additionally, it has given me confidence in myself and it has allowed me to build friendships with teammates, which I have always struggled with previously.

“Playing the game enables me to release my negative feelings and frustrations in a safe environment which I previously didn't have and resulted in me having really low-moods and led to me self-harming.

“Bristol Bears have given me many opportunities to gain new experience including playing alongside the under 19’s team where I hope I have helped them improve their skills and see a positive way forward like I have.

“For the first time in my life I now look forward to the future and to the new opportunities ahead.

To read more about this click here.

To find out more about wheelchair rugby contact Spectrum Programme Manager Kris Tavender ktavender@bristolbearsrugby.com


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