Paralympic hopeful Phil Hogg has thanked a group of OAPs after they set up a string of fundraisers to back his Rio 2016 games bid.
Pauline Clark, who runs a keep-fit club in Heanor for the over 50s, roped her fitness-fanatic pals into organising raffles and coffee mornings to boost the Marlpool paratriathlete and his teammateDavid Ellis’ funding bid.
The dance teacher, of Ilkeston Road, Heanor, said after she heard of Phil’s plight she felt obliged to help.
She said: “We felt our generation should help to promote fitness in the town and the young people within it, particularly those that have overcome adversity within their lives.
“Phil and his teammate David Ellis, also from Marlpool, have had to overcome so many obstacles to get where they are, they deserve support. We wish them all the very best in their quest to compete with the Great Britain paratriathlon squad in Rio.”
Phil, 44, broke his back in 1991 after being involved in a cycling accident. He was left paralysed from the waist down. But he hopes to Rio to compete in the Paratriathlon with fellow athlete David.
The fitness group raised £713, and handed over the cheque to Phil and David at a presentation in Heanor Memorial Park.
Phil said he was humbled by the efforts.
He said: “It’s amazing when people go out of their way to help you. Dave and I are so grateful, and the support spurs us on. The money raised will go towards our training costs – which can be very pricey.”