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Marathon effort buys wheelchairs for kids

7 February 2014

Fundraiser Rick Squibb at the finish line

Many pensioners like to take things a little easier, but not Rick Squibb – the 67-year-old has run a marathon to raise money for some much-needed children’s wheelchairs.

Great-grandfather Rick, from Christchurch in Dorset, raised £700 for the British Red Cross’ mobility aids service by stomping his way through the Bournemouth Marathon.

Now his sterling effort has bought six children’s wheelchairs that will help many children nursing an injury and going through a tough time.

‘Holiday demand’

The sprightly pensioner is actually a delivery driver for the mobility aids service, so few people appreciate more than him how useful the small chairs can be.

Demand for them generally shoots up during the school holidays, when all that outdoors activity and larking around results in a higher rate of bumps and breaks for children.

Rick explained: “There’s always a greater demand for these children’s chairs during school holidays, and many hospitals just don’t have enough to go round.”

‘Out and about’

He added: “Having these extra wheelchairs means that many kids who have suffered injuries, such as broken legs, will still be able to get out and enjoy themselves this summer.”

All those children borrowing the wheelchairs are by no means the first people to benefit from Rick’s fundraising work.

Over the years, the tireless pensioner has run 25 marathons for the Red Cross.

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