Our members are amazing, read here about their stories of hurdles, success and support.
Toni Shaw Para Swimmer
Toni Shaw (16), Reach member and para swimming champion tells us her story.
Mum, Shona, starts Toni’s story – Toni was born without her right hand, she is my youngest daughter. I found out about her right hand at my 20-week scan, it was a shock as both hands were present at the first scan. It was a shock initially but as I work with children with disabilities, I knew we would be fine. Toni is a great teenager and we are all very proud of her achievements.
I was born without the lower part of my left arm and from a young age I have always had an interest in extreme sports! Never one to do things normally and always one for challenging my body, I tried all kinds of sports at school but took a particular interest to Parkour.
I practised this all over the world and took part in various online/TV productions until I decided to give indoor climbing ago.
Greta Davies – Artist
I am 26 and currently living in London, I grew up in Manchester and have been a member of Reach since I was a young child, and have attended many Reach events over the years, as a child these events became an important part of my year and I always got excited when the withinReach magazine came through the letterbox.
Rebecca Hooley – Reach Member
Rebecca and her parents have been Reach members for many years. Rebecca shares her experiences as a young girl at Reach Activity Week (RAW) a residential week for Reach children and her advice now as an adult in her twenties.