A former KPMG trainee accountant, left paralysed two weeks into his training, is now on track to compete in the national wheelchair rugby championships, thanks to help from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (CABA).
Club captain and a founding member of the Paralympic legacy project, Team Solent Sharks, Richard Cartwright, has been able to purchase a specialist, made-to-measure, Roma Sport rugby wheelchair due in part to a £3,000 CABA donation.
In total, £44,000 was provided to the team by a range of charities and Cartwright said: 'The promise of the 2012 Paralympics legacy was to inspire a generation. As a legacy project of the Paralympics, we are helping to keep that promise. The support we have received from CABA and other charities is making that possible.'
Kelly Feehan, service manager at CABA, said: 'We are very pleased to be in a position to help with this donation and we wish him and the Sharks every success in their sporting endeavours.'
Now a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University, the 27 year-old is expected to be an integral member of the Sharks team that enters the 2013 Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby National Championships.
A 2009 winner of a CABA Global Inspiration Award, in recognition of ACA students who have had to handle obstacles and hardship while training Cartwright, had a shallow water accident that left him with limited use of his arms and paralysed from the shoulders down, only two weeks after beginning a trainee contract at KPMG.
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