Gold-medallist visits Vauxhall on Armed Forces Day


Private Derenalagi poses outside Vauxhall HQ with his gold medal

On 29 June 2012, Vauxhall’s Help for Heroes ambassador, Private Derek Derenalagi, visited the company’s Luton HQ to support Armed Forces Day.


Derek’s visit followed his recent gold medal-winning discus performance at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics European Championships, beating Russia’s world champion and world record holder Alexey Ashapatov.


Derenalagi, who lost his legs in an explosion on military service in Afghanistan, collected over £1,000 from generous Vauxhall employees. These funds will pay for specialist gym equipment for an injured soldier so they can continue their training at home, after leaving rehab.


Derek’s gold-medal performance puts him in an exceptionally strong position to fulfil his dream of competing in this summer’s Paralympic games in London. Having already achieved a status of fifth in the world for disabled athletics, Derek is also aiming to represent Great Britain in shot put, as well as discus.


“I’d like to thank Vauxhall for their kind donation,” said Derek. “It’s fantastic news that one of my colleagues will benefit from the same equipment that I did.”


“We at Vauxhall are very pleased to hand over this donation to Derek and Help For Heroes,” said Cheryl Stibbs, Vauxhall’s Programmes and Promotions Manager. “Derek’s achievements are living proof of what can be achieved through the use of such specialist gym equipment to aid rehab.”


Vauxhall is proud to have raised £197,000 for Help for Heroes - money which is used by the charity to help servicemen and women who are wounded, sick or injured in Britain’s current conflicts.


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