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Meet Pam

Paralympic gold rower Pam Relph MBE is supporting our can campaign.

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Pam was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the mixed coxed four rowing event, where team GB won the gold medal. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.

Pam, 24, who lives in Aylesbury, has joined other inspirational figures including  Professor Stephen Hawking, quadruple amputee and mountaineer Jamie Andrew, and fellow Paralympians Jonnie Peacock and Fran Williamson to support our campaign.

She turned to sport after her career in the Army was brought to a premature end by arthritis which was first diagnosed when she was seven years old.

She said:

I never really let the arthritis stop me or hold me back from what I wanted to do, I would always just have my own little way of getting around things so nobody really realised that there was anything different.

“When the original plan I had was no longer happening I couldn’t just sit and feel sorry for myself. I decided I had to get up and do something because I was still capable of doing so much.

“As soon as I got classified for Paralympic rowing I started training straight away, threw myself into it and it was only 10 months before I won the World Championships.

“I also think you have to make the most of what you’ve got. So that’s what I’m doing and I’m enjoying it every single day.”

We're asking the public to see disabled people for what they can do. We support more than 20,000 people, their families and carers every year. Our services have been created with the people we work with, to support them to live their lives to the full. We aim to achieve our vision by inspiring everyone to try to change our world and work together so that we can make a difference.