Yvette joins Pontefract and Castleford Express to back campaign to send Leah Evans to Rio 2016
Yvette and the Pontefract and Castleford Express have joined forces to support local paralympic hopeful Leah Evan's bid to raise £25,000 towards training costs as she prepares for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Leah, from Castleford, took up wheelchair basketball just three and a half years ago, but has proved a natural and made it into the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team at just 17 years old is a great achievement.
She was part of the World Champion team in Beijing and recently won Bronze at the European Championships in France.
But training costs this year are still considerable and Leah also needs a new top class basketball wheelchair before the summer.
So together with the Pontefract and Castleford Express, Yvette is calling on local people and businesses to help by donating to a special fund to help meet these costs and has written to local businesses asking for their support.
Yvette Cooper MP said:
"It is amazing that we have somebody so inspiring. Leah is a real inspiration to people across the Five Towns.
"Her determination and talent is amazing. To have a Paralympian from Castleford would be unbelievable and this is our change, as a community, to back her. When I spoke to Leah I realised how much there is involved in getting to Rio and she needs to raise around £25,000.
"The players and their families have to raise a lot of that money themselves and we don't want Leah to lose her chance. That's why I think everyone in the area should pull together and help."
People wanting to make a donation can do so at the donation page here.