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21 July 2022

Club receives generous donation from day service

The Club has received a donation of 10 wheelchairs from Wot’s Up, a local voluntary organisation that supports adults with difficulties.

Wot’s Up, which is based in The Meeting Place, Whitehouse Ipswich, provides social activities, clubs and activity groups for people aged 18+ with physical and/or learning disabilities.

Many of the participants at Wot’s Up’s various activities also partake in sessions run by the Club and Town Foundation.

In March 2020, a number of the group also had the opportunity to enjoy a penalty shootout on the Portman Road pitch at half-time during Town’s game with Coventry.

Following a discussion between Wot’s Up’s volunteers and participants, the decision was made to donate wheelchairs to the Club in order to support the disability matchday provision at Portman Road.

The wheelchairs, which were received yesterday ahead of the beginning of the 2022/23 season later this month, will be able to be ‘loaned’ out for free for supporters when attending fixtures for Kieran McKenna’s side.

Margaret Fortune from Wots Up, said: "Since the service was founded in 2013, Wots Up have been proud to promote and support projects that help people with disabilities become more active and included in the community.

"We're very pleased to help the Club with 10 new wheelchairs which will improve the matchday experience for disabled supporters." 

The Club's Disability Liaison Officer Lee Smith commented on the difference this will make to matchday at Portman Road: "This is a very generous donation that will allow the Club to offer further assistance on a matchday.

"This is the first step to improving what we offer the Club’s disabled supporters as we enter another season."

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