Wheelchair basketball player, Ashleigh Harris, who became spinal cord injured at the age of 14, was presented with the ‘Inspirational Achievement Award for Young People’ at the Spinal Injuries Association’s Rebuilding Lives Awards ceremony.
The award, which was sponsored by Birchall Blackburn Law, has recognised Ashleigh’s achievements in the spinal cord injured community.
Receiving the award from 2012 London Paralympic Horse Riding Champion, Natasha Baker MBE, Ashleigh said: “I want to thank the Spinal Injuries Association for the support that they gave to me when I first became spinal cord injured.
“I know I can and turn to them for support at any stage of my life, if I needed to.”
Ashleigh, from Gloucestershire, was involved in a horse riding accident in 2012. Since then she has returned to college, passed her GCSEs and now plays wheelchair basketball for the South West regional team and hopes that her efforts will see her involved in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
Sue Browning, chief executive officer of the charity said: “The Rebuilding Lives Awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people in the spinal cord injured community.
“We hope that the event goes some way in thanking people like Ashleigh and inspires them to continue their great work.”
Dianne Yates, partner at Birchall Blackburn Law said: “It was a huge privilege to be part of the Spinal Injuries Association’s Rebuilding Lives Awards evening and it was an honour to meet the three determined, optimistic and engaging young people in this category.
“Ashleigh really is inspirational and I’m sure she will go on to do many wonderful things in her life, especially with her courageous and determined attitude.”
A variety of charity supporters, including Claire Williams and Paralympians Steve Brown and Josie Pearson MBE, joined Ashleigh and the other 47 shortlisted nominees at the awards ceremony on 9 June at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.