Northampton schoolboy raising cash for injured soldiers

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A schoolboy from Northampton is raising money to buy a racing kart for a team of injured soldiers.

Kingsthorpe Primary School pupil, Yaris Clifford-Pyne, aged seven, is planning to swim 70 lengths to raise £4,000 for the charity KartForce, which helps injured troops get into motorsport.

He said: “When I saw KartForce race I couldn’t believe how fast they were going. They were like a team of superheroes. I wanted to raise money for them as they’re so brave and have done so much for good people I wanted to do something good for them.”

The youngster was inspired after watching the team, which includes five double amputees, take on and beat able-bodied racers at the Whilton Mill track, near Daventry.

His dad, Richard, said: “I took Yaris to watch the karting and by chance the KartForce team were there.

“We’ve always instilled in him that we need to respect the men and women of our Armed Forces and these men have fought for their country, so they deserve our support,” he added.

KartForce currently has two karts which have raced all over Europe. The charity was set up in 2010 by Dave Player, a former Royal Engineer who has been a wheelchair user since 1991 following a spinal cord injury.

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