A disabled athlete from Worksop has given thanks to a National Children’s Charity for funding his first running frame, which kickstarted his run to a Gold Medal.
Rafi Salaiman was twelve years old when he suffered a stroke which lead to a devastating brain haemorrhage and left him hospitalised for months needing to learn to walk and speak again.
Not to be deterred young Rafi was able to take up the sport of frame running, thanks to an initial grant from the Boparan Charitable Trust. Rafi’s grit and determination has seen him not look back competing around the world and racking up Gold at the European Para Athletics Championships.
Rafi was recently honoured at the Boparan Charitable Trusts Bright Star Ball in London and has subsequently been announced as the latest ambassador for the charity.
Baljinder Boparan, Family Trustee for the Charity said:
“It is truly inspiring to have seen the journey of Rafi and his amazing spirit for sport and life. We cannot wait to work with him further to help other young people.”
Rafi Salaiman said:
“Thank you to the Boparan Trust for their support of my first frame runner and also for their heartfelt reception at the Bright Star Ball. The charity makes a massive difference to so many lives across the UK. I would urge everyone to learn more about the Trust and to get behind the charity.”
To learn more about the work of the Boparan Charitable Trust, please visit: www.theboparancharitabletrust.com.