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Help Robins Trust board member Nathan buy some new wheels

11 June 2019

Cheltenham Town fan and Robins Trust board member Nathan Mattick needs your help to purchase a new powered wheelchair to assist with his activity and independence.

Many Robins fans may recognise Nathan from his dedicated voluntary work at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on matchdays, selling match programmes and assisting the running of the Robins Trust. He was selected by the Trust to present Luke Varney with his Supporters Player of the Year award in the final home match of last season.

Nathan has cerebal palsy and his powered wheelchair is crucial to him. The 23-year-old became the UK's first wheelchair-using FA qualified football referee when he was just 19 and his current chair is in urgent need of replacing.

The type of chair he needs typically has a lifespan of six years and there is just a week left on a Crowdfunder page set up to help raise the £8,900 required to fund a new chair.

His first two chairs came from the charity Whizz Kidz who provide mobility equipment to young people up to the age of 18. Nathan has spent time supporting Whizz Kidz in the past, being a member of the Kidz Board and speaking at events across the country, while continuing to attend occasional events for the charity.

He is currently involved in Active Gloucestershire and has recently become a co-trainer for Building Circles, where he visits schools speaking to pupils about disability and coping with being bullied. He has also volunteered with Gloucester Rugby, of whom he is also a big fan, helping with their wheelchair rugby training sessions.

A former National Star College pupil, his powered wheelchair is vital for his lifestyle and independence and Robins fans are being asked to dig deep to support him and his Crowdfunder campaign to raise money for a new chair.

If you'd like to donate to Nathan's Crowdfunder then click here to donate and find out more about how a new chair will play a big part in his life.

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