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Ross Wilson, Table Tennis Paralympic Champion

Ross Wilson 21, a member of the GB Paralympic Table Tennis Performance Squad and two time Paralympic medalist Ross joined the Tree of Hope team in early 2017.  Ross was a National U12 and U14 doubles champion before being diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia. Determined that this wasn’t going to hold him back, he joined the GB team in 2011 going on to win team bronze in London 2012 at the age of 17.

He then went on to take team bronze at the Europeans in 2015 securing selection for the Paralympic Games in Rio. Battling injury, Ross went on to win team bronze in the men’s 6-8 event in Rio delighting fans worldwide with his performance.

Gill Gibb, CEO of Tree of Hope comments: “Ross is an inspirational role model for the charity. He has shown such focus and determination and not allowed illness to hold him back. I am sure all our families will be able to identify with this and we would like to welcome him on board.”

Ross Wilson comments: “I have been following the work of Tree of Hope for some time and wanted to get involved. I am excited to become a patron and want to put the experiences I have had to good use, by helping other young people who are suffering from illness and disability to achieve their dreams. I was helped along the way and I now want to give that back to other children in whatever way I can”.

See Ross’ message to Tree of Hope families below…

Claire Cashmore, Champion Paralympian Swimmer

Claire Cashmore joined Tree of Hope as patron in April 2016.

Claire 28 is a seasoned Paralympian Swimmer. She entered the world stage at only 16 years old, qualifying for Athens and coming home with 2 bronze medals. She received a bronze medal at the games in Beijing in 2008, and a further 2 silvers and a bronze in London 2012. Rio 2016 was Claire’s most successful Olympic Games, winning both a silver and a gold medal.

If that wasn’t achievement enough, Claire was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for her services to swimming.

Gill Gibb, CEO of Tree of Hope comments: “Claire understands the issues and challenges that many of our families face on a day to day basis. She is a fabulous ambassador for our charity and we are extremely pleased to have her on board. By achieving all she has to date, is an inspiration to our families and shows that as long as you work hard to achieve your dreams nothing is impossible. We are looking forward very much to working with her”.

Claire Cashmore comments: “It is a huge honour to have been asked to be a patron of the Tree of Hope charity. I have been very lucky that my disability has not stopped me from living life to the full and I am really passionate about helping those with a disability or illness that can’t get the support they need to live a life without boundaries.”

See Claire’s message to Tree of Hope families below…

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