Lend Drew a 'Hand'
Firstly, I'd like to say thank you for visiting my gofundme page!
Secondly, what brings you to my page - well, hopefully, I'm going to be able to give you a few reasons why you are on my page and why you should help me to reach my long term goal of competing in a Paralympic event.
Some of you may already be aware of this and perhaps that is why you are on here. For those of you that don't know me :-
My name is Drew Walker and I'm 24 years old. I currently work at the Laura Trott Leisure Centre as a Gym instructor / Personal Trainer.
In December 2015, I visited the Manchester velodrome, a girl from my old school had won 2 tickets to ride on the velodrome and meet a few professional cyclists. It was more of a corporate event, and everyone that was there knew somebody and didn't really look like they were into cycling.
I was only cycling recreationally at the time, having recently taken part in the Prudential Ride London. So, I headed down to Manchester where I got to ride on a velodrome, something I'd always wanted to do. When I was riding on the track, we were being taken around by Craig Maclean (Olympic and Paralympic cyclist). Craig spoke with me after and told me to email him as he said he could see some potential in me. As a result, I recieved an email from British Cycling in January saying they wanted to test me - I was over the moon! This lead to me being tested in February. My results showed that there was some potential there and because of this, I was given a coach who I work with on a one to one basis.
In June I was invited to a 4 day training camp run by British Cycling which I attended - this also went really well and lead to more testing and another invitation to a training camp at the end of October (this month).
This has happened very quickly, and has meant that I've needed to adapt a lot - my lifestyle, my work, and also adapt my bike. I needed to get a track bike and posted about this and I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur Footballer) who kindly brought me my amazing bike.
The reason I have set up this page is so that I can get to the next level of cycling and potentially reach my long term goal of competing in a Paralympic event. Without the right equipment it will be pretty difficult to do this. I need a new prosthetic arm, which has been quoted at £3,500 - know! I've tried the second hand shop with no luck. . .!
So I appeal to you to help me raise the money for my new prosthetic arm.
I will be getting a training jersey which I will have personalised, this will have your company logo on it - the more you sponsor, the bigger the logo. You can email me your company logo to my personal email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
To get the new prosthetic arm, the payment has to be made in full. And work cannot commence until the full payment is made, I will need this new prosthetic ASAP as I have a major event in January - Track national championships.
The reason the pledge is £7,500. -
I will also need to attend two, two week training camps in Febuary next year, the cost of these will be around £2,000 for each fortnight.
Thank you so much for visiting the page, sharing the page, liking, and most importantly - thank you for your generous donations
I honestly am so grateful, 140 people donated with an average donation of £69. That's pretty epic!
Moving forward I need to really start thinking about part time hours at work / full time athlete. But this comes at a cost. And is when sponsorship comes in. In November I have a major event which I'm aiming for a serious personal best. The closer I get to my goal time the more likely I am to get a spot on the podium squad whereby funding is out of the question as you get everything funded for you. Until then, I need that extra boost to get me to that point and I'm hoping that within the next 6 months to a year I can reach that goal of podium programme.
On Saturday I'm off to Newport on a camp with the other foundation programme riders for 5 days, these camps that I'm going on are part funded, as I'm out of annual leave at work I'm having to take unpaid leave to attend and losing out on my wage.
If you know any business' that are out there, that can afford to sponsor - a good looking, potential Para athlete then get in touch / share
As you're all probably aware, the prosthetic arm costs £3,500, which is all paid for.
The rest of the money from my target will go towards 2 training camps. Which are around £2,000 each.
I never thought that I would get anywhere near my target let along reach it.
All money above this target will help me SO MUCH with my training as there's lots of ongoing cost which I have to fund, the excess money will be going towards a specific nutritional diet, upgrades and repairs to my bikes, new race wheels, travel costs - flights to different races and hotel stays near races.
Non essential but really helpful equipment that will help me to progress - power metre for my bike (around £1,000) power metres are amazing pieces of equipment that measure your power output which helps to stay in correct training zones.
I honestly am eternally grateful for every single one of you that that has donated to help me achieve my long term goal of racing in 2020