Champion sportsman visits The Children's Trust

A sporting hero has made a special visit to the Children’s Trust in Tadworth, after his recent appointment as a Vice-President for the charity. Ali Lalani, a world champion Boccia player, took the opportunity to play the game with some of the children attending the Spring Summer Camp during his visit to the trust. The 27-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, talked to the children about achieving his sporting dreams. He said: “The children have given me a run for my money today, that’s for sure. “Boccia is one of the most inclusive sports in the world. A disabled person can play a non-disabled person and still beat them.” After having a tour around the accommodation and facilities, Ali, who is the Trust's most recently appointed celebrity Vice-President, was joined by 16-year-old Mo in the Trust’s new wheelchair accessible treehouse for a chat. “It was always my childhood dream to go up in a treehouse so I'd like to thank everyone at the Trust for making it possible for me to live that dream today,” said Ali. “It was an enormous privilege to meet all the children and listening to Mo’s experiences really puts life into perspective and shows we have a lot to be grateful for. "It is such an honour to be part of The Children's Trust. For me, the work we do is of exceptional importance. Hopefully we can continue to benefit and change lives together. "The children I meet here have so much strength and determination to overcome some incredible challenges in their lives. It’s been humbling to hear their stories. The Children's Trust is a charity organised by champions for champions.”

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