A WEARSIDE store is backing a sprinter’s dream of Paralympic glory.
Aidan Turnbull, from Washington, has been handed £1,500 by the Wilkinson store, in The Galleries shopping centre, to fund his participation in international competitions in the run-up to the 2016 sporting extravaganza in Rio.
The 20-year-old will also use the cash to purchase key equipment, including running spikes.
Diabetic Aidan, who also has learning difficulties which affect reading and writing, said he is focusing on making it to the biggest athletic’s stage in the world, starting with the INAS World Athletics Championships, in Holland, this summer.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the sponsorship from my local Wilko store, and every penny will make a difference when it comes to stepping up my training,” said the 100 and 200 metres runner.
“My family and friends are always so supportive, but it’s comforting to know I’ve got the backing of a local business as well.
“I only hope I can do Washington proud by making it to Rio in 2016.”
The donation was made as part of the firm’s Local Stars Fund initiative.
Colleen Murphy, Wilkinson assistant store manager, said: “It’s always really inspiring to hear about the amazing talent we have in Washington and the Local Stars Fund is our way of helping them on their journey, whether it’s volunteer work, sporting activities or nurturing their skills.
“Aidan is a fantastic representative for our town and we hope the sponsorship money goes a long way in helping him achieve his Paralympics dream.”