#TeamPete /Disability Shooting

£1,290 of £12,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 21 months
Hi, 
My name's Pete Moffat. I am 50 years old.
I am disabled with Spina Bifida and Paraplegia and recently applied to be part of the Disability Shooting team of Great Britain, with the aim of fulfilling a lifelong dream of representing Great Britain internationally  and participating at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Of more than 3,000 applicants I was delighted to be one of just a handful of applicants invited to attend an assessment event to assess my eligibility and shooting  skills with a view to securing a place onto the training and development programme.  Again, I was delighted (and shocked!) to to be invited onto the training and development programme for the coming year.
The first twelve months are self funding and involve regular travel to/from the headquarters of Disability Shooting at Stoke Mandeville which requires a 4 hour return journey to/from home and staying in hotel accommodation at a cost of £55 per night.
Typically, each training camp lasts three days and there are at least two training camps each month making it difficult to hold down full time employment and therefore ensure that my daily/weekly/ monthly/ living costs are met. My monthly mortgage payments are approximately £130 per month plus a monthly endowment policy payment of £50. My weekly food costs are approximately £50.
I have already started on the training and development programme and haven't yet purchased required equipment and shooting clothing so funds are needed immediately. 
My journey to Stoke Mandeville is approximately 2 hours long which I do by car and it costs approximately £50 to fill my car up with petrol.
For the shooting itself I am required to use a wheelchair and wear Shooting related clothing such as a shooting jacket with a sling (a strap that goes around my arm and fixes to the rifle to provide support), visor with eye cover as well as other shooting related accessories. Unfortunately my current wheelchair doesn't comply with Disability Shooting regulations in terms of its dimensions and I therefore need to source a new wheelchair. It is unlikely that I will be able to obtain an appropriate wheelchair through my local NHS health authority and wheelchairs can be prohibitively expensive to purchase.
Shooting clothing and accessories costs vary wildly depending on the quality and brand name. I would be looking to purchase at the top end of the brands in order to guarantee best fit and accuracy in training and competitions.
I have estimated that the costs of travel/accommodation 
/equipment/living costs are in the region of £12,000 p.a.
I have been involved in target shooting for almost 40 years as a member of two local rifle  clubs and won my first competition at the age of 12 despite having only been shooting for a year and was the only disabled competitor. I was also  East Sussex County under 16's number one.
I have also participated in disability skiing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair curling, wheelchair hockey and have even piloted a plane but rifle shooting is the sporting love of my life .
If you are willing and able to help me make my dream of representing Great Britain with Disability Shooting come true  and 'flying the flag' for disability sports in general I will forever be grateful as this the chance/dream of a lifetime for me.  Any amount that you are willing to donate will be gratefully received and any monies left over after the years training and development programme is completed will be donated to a charity of my choice.
Many heartfelt thanks.
Pete

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£1,290 of £12,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 21 months
Created December 6, 2016
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