Appeal for funds to help Cory keep playing wheelchair football

Cory August is fundraising for a new wheelchair
Cory August is fundraising for a new wheelchair

A 21-year-old, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is fundraising for a new sports wheelchair so he can continue to play wheelchair football.

Cory August, of Dunstable, has enjoyed playing the sport for seven years, despite having the life limiting condition.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a muscle wasting condition caused by the lack of protein, it usually affects only boys. It can cause progressive muscle weakness, muscle fibres break down and are replaced by fibrous or fatty tissue causing the muscle to weaken gradually.

He said: “I am raising money for a new football powerchair to play in as my current one has now become unsuitable.

“The new chair will be custom made and give me the ability to play better and in turn improve my confidence. These funds mean a lot to me as at the moment I am really struggling to play due to my condition.

“This condition has stripped me of most of my independence, so it is important to me that I can keep playing football for as long as I can. This chair will help me with that.”

Cory plays for Aspire Power Chair Club, he trains weekly at a leisure centre in Watford and plays regionally and nationally.

His mum Nicole August, said: “We want Cory to be able to stay in the sport he loves and enjoys, not only to see the fun and excitement he gets from it but the confidence it has given him.

“The sport has bought him many new friends, so it is vital that he can remain playing for as long as possible.

“The chair costs £8,500, a lot of his friends at the club set up these pages as well to help them fund new wheelchairs, that is where he got the idea.

“He has limited mobility due to the condition and the sport has really helped him, we are grateful for any donations that are made.”

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