British Paralympic Association launches major new fundraising campaign

British Paralympic Association launches major new fundraising campaign

Image caption: Supercharge Britain's Paralympians to Rio and beyond.

The British Paralympic Association today urged the British public to help ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ and show their support for our athletes over the course of 2016 and beyond.

Supported by a number of high-profile athletes and celebrites, including US Open Singles CHampion Jordanne Whiley, Supercharge ParalympicsGB is the first time that the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has launched such a major public facing campaign to generate support and raise funds for ParalympicsGB.

The ParalympicsGB team will face its toughest competition yet in Rio with standards increasing across all sports among other nations. Following a home games in London the team also faces a decade of long haul travel – with upcoming Games in Rio, Pyeongchang, Tokyo and Beijing. It will be more challenging and expensive than ever before for the BPA to support athletes that in turn can inspire real change across society through their performances.

The BPA, a registered charity, has historically received some public fundraising support but the ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ campaign will take this to a whole new level and a major drive to fundraise money to help take ParalympicsGB to Rio and beyond.

Alongside the support received from the National Lottery and the BPA’s commercial partners, the funds raised will help best prepare the team in the crucial final days before Rio and lay the ground for future success.

Paralympic legend, BPA patron and Tennis Foundation trustee Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson expressed her strong support for the campaign, saying:

“The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be the toughest, most competitive Games yet and ParalympicsGB will need to be the best it’s ever been to win the medals the nation craves. The team needs as much support and preparation as possible in the final crucial months of preparation to win those medals and ensure Great Britain continues to be a leading force in Paralympic sport over the next decade. I am delighted to be part of this campaign to ask the British public to give its support.”

The campaign also offers the public a Text to Donate facility – TEXT “SUPER” to 70700 – and a wide range of fundraising tools and equipment.

Find out more about the Supercharge campaign here