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Josh 19, from Leeds

“By lunchtime, at school, my arms had stopped moving. By the time I got to A&E, I couldn’t move. I could’ve died.”

Josh’s story

Josh was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis when he was nine. It’s a rare neurological disorder that had caused his immune system to attack his spinal cord.

It had come on suddenly one day at school and deteriorated so rapidly that by the evening he was in intensive care, fighting for his life. After four months in hospital, Josh returned home in a wheelchair.

Over a third of young disabled people say they feel lonely from day to day.

Who we fund

Based in Yorkshire, Spider-Y uses Sport Relief cash to provide people with disabilities opportunities to participate in sport locally, nationally and internationally. It also acts as a great place to socialise, and raises awareness about how isolated disabled young people can feel.

“It’s fantastic to be part of a team at Spider-Y. We’re all in it together and we share our experiences. At tournaments they see the person, not the wheelchair.”

We’re proud to support projects like Spider-Y. If you want to help more people like Josh, join your community at your local Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

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