Phil’s team go the whole hog for fundraiser

Big-hearted Heanor folk pulled out all the stops in their bid to help local hand-bike hero Phil Hogg raise the cash for his Paralympian dream.

Friends, family and members of the community took part in a “fit-a-thon” on Sunday, 23 June at Aldercar Community Sports Hall which raised £4,630 towards a custom racing hand-bike for the sporting star.

Phil was presented with a cheque on July 7. He said: “It has really touched me how the community has come together and worked for one cause. I will thank everyone. It feels like everyone in Heanor is behind me and it motivates me to keep trying harder.” 

Last month the hand-bike star took gold at the European Championships in Turkey, becoming the new T1 European Champion. Phil, 43, now has the Rio 2016 Paralympics firmly in his sights but needs financial help to buy a suitable racing bike.

Friend Phil Coker, who helped organise the “fit-a-thon” said: “It is a wonderful feeling to be part of this amazing community enterprise towards making our local hero’s “Olympic Dream” come true. I especially wish to thank the instructors and motivators who made it all happen - not forgetting the DJ Matthew Kirkman from MK Leisure who did a fantastic job. This is the first of many planned events and as a community we aim to carry on till Phil gets his handbike. Phil has inspired my team and they won’t mind doing another three hours’ mad fitness session for him!”