Wheelchair cash comes in for Worthing Paralympic hopeful Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones with Simon Saunders and pupils Ellie Sanderson Remy Naylor and Eloise Marshall ''Picture by Stephen Goodger W0522P11
Lauren Jones with Simon Saunders and pupils Ellie Sanderson Remy Naylor and Eloise Marshall ''Picture by Stephen Goodger W0522P11
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MORE than £4,000 has been raised towards the cost of a new wheelchair for Lauren Jones with a group-climb of some of Wales’ highest mountains and a charity raffle.

Back in September, last year, Simon Saunders climbed the Snowdon Horseshoe with Bill Quirke and Lauren’s former teacher at Vale Avenue, Simon Cannon, while Tim Barclay completed the Welsh 3000s – a climb of all the Welsh mountains above 3,000ft within 24 hours.

Simon, who works for BT, also helped organise a charity raffle at his work, which featured the prizes of an Audi Cabriolet A5 and Audi TT for the weekend, with the winners announced at Durrington High School, in The Boulevard, where Lauren is a pupil.

The cars were supplied by Worthing Audi and BT Fleet and were won by Mark Phillips, who works for BT, in London, and Barbara Austin from Worthing.

In total, £4,600 was raised and will go towards the cost of a new wheelchair for Lauren, 14, who has climbed to a career-high 12th in the under-19s world wheelchair tennis rankings.

Simon Saunders, 43, of High Salvington, said: “It was a pleasure to raise the money for Lauren and help a few people achieve their own ambitions along the way.”

To make a donation visit Simon’s giving page using the external link to the top right of this story.