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Paralysed sportsman Rob Camm inspires friends with 'positive attitude'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

  • Rob Camm before his accident

  • Rob Camm with his sister Kirsty who is doing her A levels at Wycliffe

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Sportsman Rob Camm’s courage is inspiring friends who are fundraising to help him tackle life from a wheelchair.

The 20-year-old was left paralysed after a road crash in September (2013) but still hopes to begin university studies this autumn.

Rob, who went to Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, is now tetraplegic and on a ventilator.

His dad Ian Camm, an equine vet, said: “He was a passenger in a car ... he is still in a spinal unit in Salisbury.

“He has a very positive attitude. People are being very supportive.”

Rob, who suffered a high level spinal injury in the accident, hadn't let his situation get him down, said friend Sheryll Goddard, 19, from Minchinhampton.

“He is an inspiration to lots of people,” said Sheryll, who plans a 160 feet bungee jump at the O2 Arena next month (mar) to raise money towards specialist equipment that Rob needs.

“Many friends and family including Wycliffe College are doing a wide range of fundraisers for him,” she said.

Wycliffe head teacher Margie Burnet Ward said Rob was the kind of bright, caring and resourceful young many that the college was immensely proud of.

“Throughout his school career he always gave of his very best in both his studies and his equally beloved sports of rugby and rowing,” Mrs Burnet Ward said.

“This quality coupled with Rob’s good humour and thoughtfulness meant that he was greatly liked by staff who enjoyed teaching such a hard working and intelligent pupil.”

Mrs Burnet Ward said: “He had, and indeed still has, a tremendously close group of friends with whom he came through the college. The whole Wycliffe community are working hard to raise funds for Rob. We are holding a Big Brother House event involving all school prefects and heads of houses, running a sponsored rowing event and an auction of staff and senior pupils to serve others for a day.

“Many of us are running or walking on Run4Rob Day in May 31.”

She said Old Wycliffians and their families were doing half-marathons and cycling among other things to collect in the cash.

“We very much hope to raise £20,000 for this inspirational young man,” Mrs Burnet Ward said.

To add your help visit: campaign4rob.co.uk or to support Sheryll’s bungee jump: gofundme.com/70hhao.

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