Paralympian David Weir will receive the Freedom of the City of London today as the City of London Corporations charity, City Bridge Trust, launches a new grants programme to widen sports opportunities for disabled people
Paralympian David Weir will be awarded the Freedom of the City of London today, as a city trust begins a new grant programme to widen sports opportunities for disabled people.
There are 1.4m disabled people in London, 75% of whom don't exercise - double the figure for non-disabled people. The City of London's charity City Bridge Trust says it wants more organisations to increase opportunities for disabled people by applying for grants.
Lord Mayor of the City of London Roger Gifford said:
"Paralympians have revolutionised Paralympic sport - breaking down barriers and pushing the boundaries of possibility, inspiring a generation."
Mark Boleat, the elected Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation, said:
"The City is committed to nurturing and promoting excellence, in every sector, and our new fund will support the sporting legends of the future"