Russell Trew Limited is delighted to announce their sponsorship of a real hero.
Michael Swain lost both legs on a tour of Afghanistan with the British Army in 2009. He was just 19 years old. But, far from letting his life-changing injuries get him down, he has shown the same courage and fighting skill which saw him join the army at the tender age of 16 to continue to make a difference in his world and that of others in his situation.
Despite the injuries, and alongside the continuous struggles associated with his four-year rehabilitation, Michael actively challenged himself in numerous charity events which pushed physical and mental boundaries. All of this alongside opening his own gym and becoming a father of two beautiful children.
In April 2014 Michael was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for his contributions to numerous charities and inspiration to those overcoming adversity.
Michael only started hand biking at the start of this year but has proved a natural at the sport. Now he has set himself not one but three targets to help raise awareness of the strength and determination of injured service personnel and try and raise some money for Help for Heroes, who have given him incredible support during his recovery process.
Later this month he will join a team of eight injured soldiers to take part in the RAAM race across America, the world’s toughest cycle race - 3000 miles from coast to coast - in less than seven days, so beating the record set by eight injured servicemen last year.
Russell Trew Limited is going to back Michael through all of his endeavours, and you can keep in touch via regular updates on this page.
Later in the summer Michael is taking on the challenge of the Pyrenees RAID17, covering over 660 kilometres and over 15,000 metres of vertical ascent, cycling from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean through the majesty of the French Pyrenees from September 13th to 21st.
And Michael hopes to use his experience in both events to win himself a place in a third: the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
Variety Club of Great Britain
It is our pleasure to tell you that Russell Trew Limited has been able to sponsor two Sunshine Coaches for the Variety Club of Great Britain.
Jack Tizard School
A Sunshine Coach for Jack Tizard School, Shepherds Bush
This is a day school for pupils aged 2-19 years with a range of severe learning difficulties including profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Jack Tizard School serves the community of Hammersmith and Fulham plus a range of other boroughs. Its goal is to enable all pupils to develop their full potential. A broad and balanced curriculum is provided which is differentiated to meet individual needs and allows access to the National Curriculum.
The Variety Club improves the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK. Its work ranges from providing Sunshine Coaches and funding major hospital appeals to providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual children. Each year the Club donates electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need. Its volunteers’ hard work helps to ensure that at least 90p in every £1 raised goes straight to benefit the children.
Kensal Rise School
A Sunshine Coach for Kensal Rise School, London
Kensal Rise Primary School is situated in an area of deprivation and caters for 574 children aged 3 – 11 years. 200+ of these children have special needs including learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, autism and speech, language and communication needs. The coach will be used to take them out on trips to swimming, local parks, museums, theatres and other activities that support the curriculum.