A charity event in aid of a Derry teenager left paralysed after falling out of a tree last year will be held this week.

Dylan Wade was left in a wheelchair after falling from the tree at St Columb’s Park last May.

However, despite his injuries, the 15-year-old boy has astounded his family, friends and teachers at St Joseph’s Boys School with his determination to live life to the full.

As a result, Dylan has spoken of his dream to take part in the Paralympic Games.

To help him achieve this aims, his school is organising a 5k walk/run on Wednesday, June 21, to raise money for a specially-adapted wheelchair.

The chair will allow him to return to competitive sport again and chase his dream of competing at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

The St Joseph’s 5k is an event that caters for every standard of athlete no matter how fast or slow.

The course at the Gransha Grounds in Derry will be chip-timed.

With a 7pm start, entries will be taken from 5.30pm in the U3A Building Gransha.

All finishers will receive a  goodie bag afterwards.

The prize giving ceremony will take place in the U3a hall after the race with tea and sandwiches provided.

A draw will also take place for a night away for two at the famous Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel with an evening meal and breakfast included.

For a chance to win this all you have to do is simply finish the 5K event and you will be automatically entered.

The entry fee is £10.

To avoid a long wait on the night you can pre-register now by sending your name, club if any, tshirt size, and age on race day to [email protected]

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