February 20 - Britain's Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games hopeful Anna Turney has thanked a pub in Warwick for donating the proceeds of a special roast to her training costs.
Turney was paralysed in an accident five years ago but ignored the advice of doctors to pursue her dream of competing at the Paralympic Games.
At a special event last Sunday (February 19) the pub donated the entire proceeds from the £20 (€24/$31) roasts they sold to help fund Turney's alpine skiing training.
The funding was vital as the 32-year-old cannot compete in World Cup races because of the costs involved without funding.
In total, £1,400 (€1,670/$1,050) was raised towards her training costs, though she needs £20,000 (€24,000/$31,000) to reach Sochi 2014.
In attendance at the event were colleagues from Advocacy Matters, the charity of which Turney is a patron, and the local MP.
The money raised would go towards a new monoski, Turney (pictured) said, labelling the event "a huge success."
She added: "I have been really touched by the support of both the pub and all those that turned up to support me.
"When I am not training, much of my time is spent raising funds to ensure I am in top form for 2014, and every penny counts right now.
"The funding is a constant stress.
"I'm relying on credit cards and my husband paying most of the rent and bills.
"I'm determined to keep going."
Despite all of the obstacles, Turney has picked up four Europa Cup bronze medals in slalom and giant slalom and qualified to compete at the World Cup despite being forced to not participate due to the cost.
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December 2009: Turney gets on the podium at NorAm