KIERAN Tscherniawsky has received help funding his high-tech wheelchair from another inspirational young person from the Sleaford area.
Olympic torchbearer Ayesha Copeland, 19, chose to contribute £174 to Kieran’s cause. This was the surplus from monies given by people who travelled to King’s Lynn to cheer her on, which was always destined for donation to a charity of Ayesha’s choice.
Further donations made by her supporters to pay for the Olympic torch were returned on the day when it emerged that Olympic sponsor Samsung had, in fact, paid for her torch.
Ayesha, of Ruskington, said: “I’d thought about giving the money to the Dyslexia Association but it struck me that Keiran’s need was probably greater. Here was a local lad with a disability who was trying to raise money so that he could realise his dreams. The connection between me carrying the Olympic torch and him competing in the Paralympic Games made it perfect.”
Kieran added: “To be going to the Paralympics is great and to have the support I’ve had from the village people and others to get there and make the most of it is so encouraging.
“I live in a great village and my thanks go to them all. And it’s such a lovely thought of Ayesha to think of me too. I’m really excited about the Games and hope to do well.”