Help for Heroes Ambassador and gold medal winner visits Vauxhall on Armed Forces Day

Vauxhall’s Help for Heroes Ambassador Private Derek Derenalagi visited the company’s Luton HQ to support Armed Forces Day on Friday.

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Derek’s Vauxhall visit was off the back of his gold medal-winning performance in discus at the IPC Athletics European Championships, beating Russia’s world champion and world record holder Alexey Ashapatov.

Derenalagi, who lost his legs in an explosion on military service in Afghanistan, collected over £1000 from generous Vauxhall employees.  These funds will pay for specialist gym equipment for an injured soldier so they can continue their training at home, after leaving rehab.

Derek’s gold medal finish puts him in an exceptionally strong position to fulfil his dream of competing in this summer’s Paralympic games in London.   Having already achieved a status of fifth in the world for disabled athletics, Derek is also aiming to represent Great Britain in shot put, as well as discus.  The Great Britain squad is announced on 9th July.

“I’d like to thank Vauxhall for their kind donation,” said Derek Derenalagi.  “It’s fantastic news that one of my colleagues will benefit from the same equipment that I did.”

“We at Vauxhall are very pleased to hand over this donation to Derek and Help For Heroes,” said Cheryl Stibbs, Vauxhall’s Programmes and Promotions Manager.  “Derek’s achievements are living proof of what can be achieved through the use of such specialist gym equipment to aid rehab.”

To date, Vauxhall have raised £197,000 for Help for Heroes, money which is used by the charity to help those wounded, sick or injured in Britain’s current conflicts.

To donate £1 to Help For Heroes text ‘YES’ to 70900 (you will be charged £1 plus your operator’s rate).

Author: News Editor

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