Three cheers for fencing fundraisers - and one new chair for Viv

Viv Mills is hoping for glory at the 2012 Games
Viv Mills is hoping for glory at the 2012 Games
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Chichester Fencing Club have told of their gratitude after a fundraising drive netted cash which will help send champion wheelchair fencer Viv Mills to 2012 Paralympics.

The club held a fenceathon to raise funds for a new chair which will mean Viv’s training programme can now be put in place.

That means her chances of going to – and doing well in – the Paralympics when they’re held in the Uk in line with next year’s London Olympics have been hugely increased.

The chair enables her to train correctly – as her competitors have been able to for a very long time.

Sharon Blackman from the Chichester club said: “Particular thanks go to all the club’s children who with amazing efforts in fundraising and many hours of fencing at the fencathon managed to raise nearly £600.

“Also, huge thanks go to Peter Beadle, who at only 16, managed to fence for nearly all the 11 hours the fenceathon lasted for. Thanks also to all the non-fencing public who kindly gave towards the chair.

“I’m sure they will join with all of us at the club in wishing Viv every success in 2012.”