WheelPower exists to transform the lives of disabled people in the UK through wheelchair sport. They help disabled children and paralysed adults to try sports to increase confidence, strength, fitness and to have fun.
They were formed in 1972 by Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic Games, and are based at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire where they help disabled people aged 6 years upwards to play sport. They have a staff team supported by 20 volunteers qualified in wheelchair sport tuition. Many volunteers are Paralympians, now retired, who have represented GB internationally.
A grant was awarded to bring patients from across the UK to attend their Games in April 2019, 2020 and 2021. Different patients will attend each year and over the course of three years over 350 people will benefit from the Games.
Having supported a broad range of inspiring and transformational projects over the Foundation’s 30 year history, the Trustees decided to embark upon a strategic review to ensure our grants were having the greatest impact. In 2020 we completed an intensive eight month programme led by Ten Years’ Time and we’re thrilled to be focussing all our efforts now on building Youth Power and Leadership with some fantastic partners.