The London Paralympics has seen Team GB win a record number of medals over the past week and inspire a nation, with the opportunity of even more medals before it comes to a close on Sunday 9 September.
For many athletes, they not only have to contend with the impact of their disability and the training for their sport – they also require significant funding to compete.
Many of the athletes do not have funding from governing bodies or wealthy sponsors and have to rely on the grants and donations offered by charities to ensure that they are in the best shape coming into the Paralympics.
Get Kids Going! is one charity that has an affinity and close link with some of the athletes taking part in the 2012 Paralympic Games.
David Weir, winner of the T54 5000 metre event as well as the 1500m and 800m in the same T54 class, is one of the patrons of the charity, while Shelly Woods who won Bronze and Silver medals at the Beijing Paralympics is closely associated with the charity.
Get Kids Going! has an association with over twenty paralympians taking part in this years event – ranging from competitors in wheelchair tennis, sitting volleyball and shooting, to boccia, sailing shooting and athletics.
Fundraisers taking on challenges for the charity is one way that the charity is able to help athletes in the run up to major events such as the Paralympics.
Get Kids Going! makes sure the donations it receives goes towards the kit and equipment costs of the athletes.
Let us know your experiences watching the London Paralympics or if you’re fundraising for Get Kids Going!