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Disabled Great British badminton player from Totteridge takes on charity marathon for Limb Power
Meva Singh Dhesi, 59, lost his left leg above the knee when it was crushed between his own vehicle and a parked car following a crash near Tally Ho Corner
An amputee who plays badminton for Great Britain has raised more than £1,500 for a disability charity by taking part in a team marathon.
Meva Singh Dhesi, 59, lost his left leg above the knee when it was crushed between his own vehicle and a parked car following a crash near Tally Ho Corner in 1980.
The badminton fanatic, of Lynton Mead, Totteridge, admits he thought his life “was over” following the traumatic incident but incredibly, he was back on the court within six months of leaving hospital.
Mr Dhesi said: “At the time I thought it had ended my life. I had played badminton before and it is like one big family. I have some great friends through the sport and they came to visit me and supported me through my rehabilitation, but I needed some will power from God as well.”
Since 1994, the former East Barnet greengrocer has played disabled badminton for Great Britain and more recently took on a coaching role for young disabled players.
And on August 24, the father-of-five decided to give something back to the sport when he took part in a team marathon at the Stoke Mandeville Athletics Stadium in Aylesbury.
The event involves 26 people, most of whom have disabilities, completing one mile of the track to raise money for Limb Power, a charity supporting athletes with amputations.
Mr Dhesi raised almost half of the £3,500 gathered in sponsorship by the athletes.
He smashed his £200 target with some encouragement from friend and neighbour Dean Underwood who told the having door knocked on all of his neighbours in the Totteridge road.
The keen sportsman has always dreamed of taking part in the London Marathon and aims to enter the iconic race when he retires from badminton in the next few years.
He said: “I applied to the London Marathon a few times before my injury but I never got in. Hopefully as a disabled runner I will get in when I next apply.
“I wouldn’t have seen half the world had I not lost my leg. Over the years I have managed to turn a negative into a positive and thanks God I did because who knows what would have happened to me if not.”
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