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ABOUT ADRIAN

Adrian Derbyshire went to bed as usual on 20th August 2008. He woke up in hospital several days later and was told he had a brain haemorrhage due to an inoperable tumor in the core of his brain. He found himself confined to a wheelchair with speech, balance, and stroke-like issues.

Rather than succumbing to depression, Adrian was determined to make the most of a difficult situation. He learned to speak again, and by June 2009 he was back in the gym regaining his strength. After trying out several different wheelchair sports he settled on wheelchair fencing.

Adrian has since represented Great Britain in various international competitions, and is now heavily involved in charity and community work - in particular promoting disability awareness and supporting anti-hate-crime charities.

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Gladstone Brookes is sponsoring Paralympic athlete Adrian Derbyshire as he tours the country on his custom-made hand trike.

He will be visiting schools, colleges and universities to promote disability awareness and speak about the effects of hate crime.

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Making Space

Adrian took some time out of his Stop Hate marathon campaign recently to help out Warrington based charity, Making Space. The charity provides quality care and support to people with a wide variety of needs, including physical and/or mental conditions, learning disabilities and dementia.

Embrace

Their services embrace every area of health and social care and aim to give each of their clients the freedom to enjoy an everyday life. Adrian was invited to speak at a special involvement conference to talk about his own experiences with disability and the need for help from volunteers.

Motivation

“The charity invited me to address their inclusive involvement conference and I was speaking to 350 service providers and organisations about my life story, the need for motivation and the importance of volunteers in charity work,” he said. To learn more about Making Space and the services they provide go to: http://www.makingspace.co.uk/


ADRIAN'S TRIKE

Adrian was presented with his custom-made hand trike by staff from Gladstone Brookes and the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation

Gladstone Brookes, who are based in Warrington, are also patrons of the Wolves Foundation. They donated money towards building Adrians specially designed hand trike, which cost around £24,000.

Adrian regularly helps run Disability Awareness Days which are organised by the Warrington Wolves. Gladstone Brookes employees have taken part in several of these events.

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Adrian regularly helps run Disability Awareness Days which are organised by the Warrington Wolves. Gladstone Brookes employees have taken part in several of these events.