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Wheelchair thefts spur sports club to set up donation website

A sports club for disabled people has set up a donation website after dozens of people wanted to help them when they had £10,000 worth of custom-built wheelchairs stolen.

Wellingborough Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club set up a Paypal account after thieves stole 15 wheelchairs, basketballs and fluorescent bibs from a trailer at the Weavers Sports Centre between 9pm on Sunday, December 18th and 5.20pm on Monday, December 19th.

Pete Burgoine, the club chairman said: “There have been a couple of donations already. Obviously it’s early days and we want to publicise it.”

Mr. Burgoine stated that the chairs would only be worth £5 each as scrap aluminium, but they are priceless to the people who use them.

Many people contacted the club after hearing about the story so that they could make a donation. They got in touch using the club’s website and individual club members.

The wheelchair basketball club competes across the country and hold training sessions at the University of Northampton and Moulton College. They could not afford to insure the equipment, which would cost £20,000 to replace.

The club took the wheelchairs to schools so that disabled children could play basketball with their classmates.

If you would like to make a donation, go to


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