A fashion charity shopping event has raised £2,000 towards a teenager’s dream of competing in Rio.
Fashion retailers Artichoke and Hotfooted joined forces at the Briarfields Hotel, Titchwell, for the fundraiser.
Organiser Penny Dowen arranged the event to help Daniel Bullen, 14, of Dersingham who is aiming to compete in the Paralympics in 2016.
Daniel is training hard to achieve his goal of joining the team and the cost of achieving his dream will be helped as a result of the event.
“It costs Daniel £40 just to re-surface one side of his bat – that’s £80 per bat and they have to be perfect for him to use.
“He is such a nice young man and is working so hard for this,” said organiser Penny Dowen.
Local models took to the catwalk to show off the fashion collections from both outlets.
“We are delighted to support Daniel as he works towards such a fantastic ambition to represent Team GB at the next Paralympic games.
“We were all swept up in the amazing events at London 2012 and to think that we have a potential future competitor from this area is fantastic,” said Jac Sandy, marketing manager at Briarfields.
Daniel, of Dersingham, has already been chosen to be part of the GB team development squad and he has high hopes to be part of the final team.
He has cerebral palsy and started table tennis as a way of improving his coordination skills.
Despite undergoing leg surgery a few weeks ago, the Smithdon High School pupil continued to play in plaster.
But there are costs to the sport and the cost of diesel just getting him to and from training sessions is around £150 a week.
He trains with a Paralympian coach Mark Mitchell in St Neots, Bedfordshire, twice a week and has other sessions in Mildenhall and March.
There is also a monthly weekend camp in Sheffield as part of his squad commitments.
His mum Jo said the family was hoping for sponsorship to help fund Daniel through his training.
“It has been hard work but he enjoys it so much,” she said.
The £2,000 will go towards a passport and for Daniel to use to play international games.
He is a member of the Kandoo Club in King’s Lynn which is where he got his first taste of the sport.
“When he first started he couldn’t hit a ball, he has worked so hard,” said his mum.
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