5 October 2022

Stirlin and Gin Properties join forces to support local talent

Lincoln property companies, Stirlin and Gin Properties, have joined forces to support an important local cause.

North Kesteven Disabled Sports Club have recently approached several local businesses to raise funding for essential equipment for their wheelchair basketball team.

The club is funded by a small weekly subscription to the membership; however, the cost of the sports wheelchairs, necessary repairs and the additional accessories is an expensive outlay for the team.

The donation made by Stirlin and Gin Properties will be put towards the cost of installing bespoke adjustable lap straps, which are designed to secure players without risk of bruising, or damaging limbs. These will provide reassurance to players with more limiting disabilities and ensure they are safely secured while using the chairs.

The club was founded in 1991 by Ian Brown, after a motorbike accident left him paralysed from the chest down.

After initially offering archery, table-tennis and board games, it went on to run weekly wheelchair basketball sessions, which would quickly become the most popular session for members of all ages.

Wheelchair basketball is the most popular disability team sport in the country and North Kesteven Disabled Sports Club has been a starting point for several players who have gone on to represent Great Britain at Paralympic, European and Worldwide competitions.

The team trains weekly at ONE NK Leisure Centre in Lincoln, welcoming players of all ages, with or without a physical disability.

Club Chairperson, Angus Drew, says, “We are extremely grateful for the support from Stirlin and Gin Properties. The club is seen as a lifeline by many and for some, it may be the only time they socialise that week. In addition, physical activity has been proven to benefit mental health and wellbeing and the club prides itself on providing this essential service.”

“Any donations regardless of size are always gratefully welcomed and the club are continually working to develop, grow and run efficiently to keep the sessions running for our members.”

Tony Lawton, Managing Director of Stirlin, says “As a business proudly based in Lincoln, we are always eager to support local talent wherever possible, so were delighted when NK Disabled Sports Club approached us.”

“It was fantastic to attend one of the sessions to watch the team in action and see the positive impact that the club has on the players.”

“We certainly encourage other local businesses to join us in supporting such a great cause in any way they are able to.”

If you’re interested in supporting the club, please contact Angus via email on angusdrew97@gmail.com.