The Sale game was a special day for Ed Croucher, a member of the club’s Hellfire Wheelchair section, who was presented with his own chair. It is a dream come true for the 14-year-old who fell in love with the rough and tumble of Wheelchair Rugby after attending a taster session designed to recruit young players.
Ed, who suffers from Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, badgered his mum for eighteen months asking how he could join. Now it has all come together as Ed is big enough to fit a chair and thanks to a fund raising effort by former club chairman Mick O’Reilly and his wife Montse the chair is here. Last April the O’Reillys trekked for six days across Spain, from Ferrol to Santiago di Compostela setting out to raise £2,000 from sponsors to pay for a chair. Thanks to the generosity of many people in the club and their 120 kilometre walk that target was beaten by over £500 and Ed can realise his dream.
When asked what he loves about the game Ed’s words were: “Crashing into people and winning!”
” He may not be participating in many competitions as yet but the drive and ambition is there “ said Hellfire chairman Brian Pitchford.