Hoop, hoop, hooray, they are all winners

14 Jul Hoop, hoop, hooray, they are all winners

Six teams battled it out in a wheelchair basketball tournament to help raise cash for children with disabilities.

The event was hosted by intu Metrocentre as part of the company’s sponsorship of the Go Bananas Appeal, which aims to raise £60,000 for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund during June.

Six teams took part in the wheelchair basketball matches, representing intu Metrocentre, sister shopping destination intu Eldon Square, Meldrum Construction, Barclays and the Sunshine fund team.

Durham cricketer Phil Mustard also put a team together for the challenge, which has raised more than £1,000 so far.

It was the host team who came out on top, with Phil’s team in second and Meldrum Construction in third.

It was the second year the Sunshine Fund has organised the event, so the teams can find out what it is like to be a wheelchair user, and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

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The event was also helped by Adam Parry of Percy Hedley Sports Academy, who supplied the equipment and refereed the games.

The Sunshine Fund supported the Percy Hedley sports academy in last years Go Bananas appeal by buying them 10 sports wheelchairs.

Each team is continuing to fundraise for 15-year-old Abbie Clelland, who is hoping to het her own hydrotherapy pool at the cost of £4,899.

Each team have fundraised and continued to do so to help support Abbie Clelland who is hoping to get a hydrotherapy pool for home as part of the appeal.

Her mum Debbie and brother Scott Junior also took part in the event, whilst dad Scott cheered them on.

Debbie said: “I am so proud to have taken part on behalf of Team Sunshine Fund and meet some of the people who are fundraising to help Abbie. The afternoon was great fun, quite competitive and a lot harder than you imagine.”

Helen Atkinson, marketing manager at intu Metrocentre said: “The staff have really got behind this year’s campaign, and after last year’s wheelchair basketball tournament, the teams couldn’t wait to get stuck in again.

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“We’re delighted with the amount we’ve raised so far and are really looking forward to competing in the Sunshine Fund Run on the Quayside next Wednesday. We hope the whole of the North East will go yellow this June and support the charity.”

Rebecca Jama, of the Sunshine Fund, said: “A huge thanks to all the teams who took part in our wheelchair basketball event this year. It’s always great fun and very competitive.

“Congratulations to intu Metrocentre our winning team, it was well deserved. The money raised from the event will go towards supporting Abbie with a hydrotherapy pool so thank you everyone for your support, we couldn’t do it without you.”

Adam Parry, of Percy Hedley Sports Academy, said: “It’s been another great competition with teams taking part in a sport outside of their comfort zone.

“We are so proud to support the Sunshine Fund and the work that they do and pleased we can work together to promote disability awareness and the children the Sunshine fund support.

“They have supported much of the work that we do and in fact the chairs the competitors played in were made possible by them.”

The Go Bananas appeal 2016 aims to fund specialist equipment for 10 local disabled children.

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