A PARALYMPIC athlete is in a race against time to raise enough money to pay for a purpose-built electrically-powered hand-cycle to get him around London’s Olympic park.
Young discus-thrower Kieran Tscherniawsky, 20, from Heckington has enlisted the help of his local parish council to drum up the £4,000-plus needed to pay for the titanium chair which has to be specially tailored to his needs.
Chairman Richard Higgs told Heckington parish councillors that Kieran learned only a few days ago from the British Olympic team that the vastness of the Olympic park in London would be too much for him to push himself around in his normal wheelchair.
He said: “He does have a chaperone to get him to and from the event but without this chair he will not be able to participate in a lot of events that go on throughout the Paralympics meaning he is going to miss out on so much of what is a once in a lifetime opportunity when he has a chance of at least a silver medal.”
A stall at the Heckington Show selling raffle tickets to win a pair of tickets to the Olympics with a hotel stay raised £287 for the cause.
Mr Higgs said: “We will continue to raise as much money and awareness as we can, but this wheelchair has to be tailor-made for him very soon. I am hoping to get some pledges in by the end of the week.”
Heckington Village Trust has donated £100 and the Scouts and Guides tea tent at the Heckington Show also pledged £100.