Bands drum up cash for Tim’s new wheels

Archery has been a passion of Tim Webb's for the past seven years
Archery has been a passion of Tim Webb's for the past seven years
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Friends and family of a Co Armagh football fanatic who has been confined to a wheelchair since birth are clubbing together to get him a new set of wheels.

Tim Webb, who is a loyal follower of Glasgow Rangers FC, a flute band enthusiast and a keen archer, said he would need a new wheelchair every six or seven years.

Tim Webb with his dad Ivan and grandfather Billy

Tim Webb with his dad Ivan and grandfather Billy

The 30-year-old from Portadown said: “It’s something I use every day.

“I use it to get about. I use it when I’m doing archery. I’ll use it when I’m going over to Scotland to watch Rangers.

“I don’t have a different chair for different activities.”

He continued: “You can either get a new chair through the National Health or buy one privately.

The fundraising event takes place in Armagh Orange Hall on Saturday, February 8

The fundraising event takes place in Armagh Orange Hall on Saturday, February 8

“It’s better for me to go privately bought as I’ve struggled with the National Health chairs.

“I like a chair I can use myself – a lightweight chair that’s nimble, easy to get around in.”

While Tim’s family would normally foot the bill for a replacement wheelchair, this time around his friend Neil Anderson, whom Tim describes as “the backbone of Loughgall Football Club”, suggested the club could help get him a new set of wheels.

Tim said: “I was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. I’ve been in a wheelchair all my life, although I try not to let my disability get to me.

Tim enjoys regular trips to Scotland to follow Rangers

Tim enjoys regular trips to Scotland to follow Rangers

“I’m a big follower of Rangers. I’d be over there maybe every other week.

“I’d do a bit of archery as well. I’ve been into the archery maybe seven years though the last two years I’ve been stepping up my training. I used to do a bit of basketball as well.

“The chair that I’m sitting in now has a lot of wear and tear on it. It’s used everyday for all sorts of activities so you’d expect that.

“It’s time for a new chair. I wasn’t expecting this fundraising effort to help me get a new one but I’m very, very grateful.”

Tim and his dad on parade with RBP 503

Tim and his dad on parade with RBP 503

Tim’s dad Ivan and his friend Neil have been the driving force behind a Big Band fundraiser in Armagh Orange Hall on February 8 featuring a line-up of 15 bands.

Tim said: “I enjoy the banter with the guys. Through the band scene I’ve made quite a lot of good friends.

“I’d like to thank those band members who have volunteered to support the band night.”

Tim said he would follow his brother Matthew’s band – Kilcluney Volunteers Flute Band from Markethill – and his father’s old band – Portadown Defenders.

The 30-year-old, who is a member of LOL 107 and RBP 503, enjoys parading alongside his father every year on the Twelfth and Thirteenth.

Tim said: “In my younger years I’d be alongside my uncles and granda in their lodge – LOL 339 – until I had to join LOL 107 due to wheelchair access at the time.”