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Bristol Masons continue to #BackBeckie

Four weeks after the completion of her five-day wheelchair challenge, Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby player Beckie White has received a second gesture of support from local Masons within the Province of Bristol.

Members from the St Nicholas Lodge met with Beckie and her family to hear about her challenge, her journey into the sport of Wheelchair Rugby and also to present her with £250 towards her own rugby sports wheelchair.

Meeting Beckie in her own back yard, on Yatton’s Strawberry Line, Worshipful Master Ken Robbins, Charity Steward Brother Clark Iles together with Worshipful Brothers Chris Cook and Colin Lowther were able to share stories with Beckie on the very site where her challenge was completed.

“Beckie mentioned that her ultimate goal was the Paralympics if she meets classification criteria” Charity Steward Brother Clark Iles commented, “She really is a fantastic inspiration and has certainly grasped the attention of St Nicholas Brethren. We will keep an eye on her progress and hopefully help her on her journey towards her goal.”

This is the second time in as many months that Lodges of the Province of Bristol have demonstrated their support for community engagement and inclusive sport at Bristol Bears Community Foundation.

“Along with myself we have quite a few Bristol Bears season ticket holders within the lodge”, Clark continued, “With all the good Community work that’s carried out by them it’s a pleasure to jump on board.”

Having undertaken a five-day challenge to wheel one mile per day in her self-propelled wheelchair on the Strawberry Line’s gravel path, Beckie was close to her grand fundraising total of £2500, having initially set out to raise £1000 to give herself a 'fighting chance!'

With multiple physical disabilities connected to a difficult mental-health journey in her teenage years, Beckie has been a wheelchair user since the age of 17 – but has found a true passion and inspiration in wheelchair rugby in the last 12 months.

See Beckie’s Story here.

To find our more about the #BackBeckie campaign, supporting or joining Wheelchair Rugby contact Kris Tavender.


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