3 October 2019

British Paralympic Association launches The Parallel Club

The Parallel Club, the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA’s) newest fundraising initiative, was launched on the 18 September 2019 to an 80 strong enthusiastic audience, excited to hear more about the Club and our extraordinary ParalympicsGB athletes and their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and beyond.

The Parallel Club offers passionate individuals the chance to get closer to the team by joining an exclusive inner circle of just 30 supporters who together will make a transformative gift to assist our Paralympic athletes and inspire the next generation and, in doing so, help to change perceptions of disability in our society. .

The Club’s founding members include Nicholas and Anne Cheffings, Joanna Jensen the founder of Childs Farm and Lady Rothermere of the Lady Rothermere Foundation. Members of the Parallel Club each commit to donating £10,000 per year over the next four years to support the charity and our athletes through the next Paralympic cycle.

Clare Balding interviews Kare Adenegan

Nicholas Cheffings, former Global Chair of BPA Gold Partner Hogan Lovells and our inaugural Parallel Club Chair, opened the evening and introduced Clare Balding, our Parallel Club Patron who interviewed Nicolas Hamilton, a British Touring Car Racing Driver who has cerebral palsy, and our four Parallel Club Athlete Ambassadors; Dame Sarah Storey, Natasha Baker, Steve Brown and Kare Adenegan. The evening focused on the many sporting and personal achievements of our speakers, but also the challenges faced by them not only in professional para-sport but also on their life journeys.

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(I was) blown away by everyone’s support for what the Parallel Club is seeking to achieve for our fantastically talented athletes and for those facing everyday challenges.

Nicholas Cheffings - Parallel Club Chair

Nicholas Cheffings said ‘I spoke to so many amazing, thoughtful and dedicated individuals throughout the evening and was blown away by everyone’s support for what the Parallel Club is seeking to achieve for our fantastically talented athletes and for those facing everyday challenges. I am thrilled that we have already had individuals come forward to express interest in joining the Club, and I can’t wait for the momentum to build as we approach the Games next Summer. I really believe that together we can make a difference’.

The Parallel Club’s aim is to raise funds for ParalympicsGB but has a significant focus on how we can challenge stereotypes of disability and ensure all disabled people, not just elite sporting stars, are included in society.

If you would like to learn more about the Parallel Club, and become part of the ParalympicsGB family, please contact Stephanie Maddox, Philanthropy Manager on 07809 800 545 or Stephanie.Maddox@paralympics.org.uk

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