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Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson New President of the Wheelchair Alliance



Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has become president of the Wheelchair Alliance, an organisation which champions the voice of wheelchair users across England.


As one of the founder members of the Alliance and a wheelchair user herself, Tanni has campaigned tirelessly on a number of important issues, including accessibility, equality and welfare reform.


As part of her new role, Tanni, who won 11 gold medals during her illustrious sporting career, will work alongside members of the Alliance to advocate on behalf of wheelchair users, highlighting inequalities in provision and services while ensuring the voice of wheelchair users is heard at the very highest level.


“I am delighted to become president of the Wheelchair Alliance, particularly at such an important moment in its history,” said Tanni, who became a Life Peer in recognition of her achievements in 2010.


“Since its launch in 2015, the Wheelchair Alliance has brought together wheelchair users, charities, representatives from the NHS and trade to highlight the challenges faced by wheelchair users each and every day.


“Our latest report, the Value of a Wheelchair, showed that increasing spending on wheelchair provision by £22 million would unlock benefits to society worth more than £60 million each year. The report also highlights huge disparities in the time it takes for people to access wheelchair services and the support they need.


“The message is coming through loud and clear – it’s time for change and the Wheelchair Alliance is determined that change will happen.”


For further information about the Wheelchair Alliance visit https://wheelchair-alliance.co.uk/

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