Today they were hit with the news that the container holding their equipment has been deliberately damaged by fire.
I’d like to try and raise as much as I can to go towards new equipment, that is already expensive as it is. Any donation big or small would be amazing!
These words are from Shelby, who is completely heartbroken about this.
“Broken. My emotions and my belief in humanity. Broken.
I was barely 15 when me and my dad started a collection in disabled sporting equipment. It was my dream to start a club for disabled people like myself. To start a family. Yet tonight I see pictures of my dreams - and others dreams go up in smoke. Literally.
I see pictures of burn/melted equipment. I don’t even have time to process that some of my stuff is gone, wheels, gloves, tyres, my gifted racing helmet. I just look at the dust and see my young athletes racers, frames and gloves etc melted to the ground.
I see a sign me and my dad designed and I think of how many nights we spent arguing over what it should look like which is now burned so badly that it’s a mere shell of what it once was. It’s taken so many years to get the contents of this container full. Full of racers, bikes, race runners and other adapted equipment. I am broken.
I want to make a huge statement but I can’t find the words. Whoever, has done this has destroyed and in most cases damaged equipment beyond repair. Anyone with a disability or who knows someone with a disability knows the seer expense of this stuff. And it’s gone. Years of work, gone.
I cannot believe a person(s) could do this. Could destroy a disabled clubs equipment. Phone calls are now going ahead to notify young athletes and children that their beloved source of freedom is no longer usable.
I hope they realise what they have done, not just to me and my dad who built this club but to every individual athlete that has to pray that their equipment wasn’t as badly damaged as the rest. I hope they realise that they have taken equipment by their actions that is not easily replace. I hope they realise hey have damaged the club at its roots, it’s foundations.
I hope it was worth whatever kicks that someone got out of this. I can’t even process what’s been done and the damaged both physically and mentally this is done.
Please share. I hope the people responsible sees this and genuinely feel sorry for what they have done.”