Town firm helps create mascots to support Paralympic athlete

First published in News

A TOWN firm that specialises in disability access has announced the winners of a competition to support a Midland Para-cycling champion.

Droitwich business AKW, based at Pointon Way, Hampton Lovett, will be promoting war veteran Jon-Allan Butterworth’s quest for glory at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Mr Butterworth, who joined the RAF in 2002, was forced to undergo an amputation on his left arm following a rocket attack in Iraq in 2007.

He has only been cycling professionally since 2009 but has already claimed a number of high profile achievements, with career highlights including a British record in the 4km individual pursuit and a world record in the 1km time trial race.

As part of its support, the company set two schools the challenge of using their imagination to design a unique mascot for his campaign.

Talented winners have been chosen from Regency High School in Worcester and Chadsgrove Specialist School in Bromsgrove.

The designs will now be transformed into toys that will accompany Jon-Allan on his journey to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Joanna Marston, marketing manager at AKW, said: “We absolutely love the children’s designs, which really capture the spirit of the Paralympics. We would like to thank all the children at Regency and Chadsgrove Specialist Schools who took part in the competition, and we can’t wait to see the final product.”

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