Lions go pig racing for sports star appeal - could you win by a snuffly nose?

Roll up and select your runners - or should that be trotters? - and riders when Todmorden Lions host a pig racing evening on Saturday, September 28!

From 8pm at Todmorden High School, Ewood Lane, all proceeds from what promises to be crackling good time will go to the Lions’ Megan’s Wheelchair Appeal.

Todmorden Lions Rod Wainwright, left, and Michael Clarkson with some of the mechanical racing pigs

Todmorden Lions Rod Wainwright, left, and Michael Clarkson with some of the mechanical racing pigs

The appeal’s aim is to raise around £3,000 to equip the Todmorden table tennis player with a special wheelchair to boost her chances of making the Great Britain squad for the Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Paralympics in 2016.

Lions have a good number of special clockwork pigs ready to take their place at the starting line and have been busy making a race track.

Some of the race will be in lanes but there will also be a free-for-all section when who wins could be anybody’s guess - unless you can (Gloucester Old) spot a winner!

Tickets are £5, which includes a pie and peas supper, available at Todmorden Information Centre, Burnley Road, or from any Lions member. You can also contact todlions@hotmail.co.uk to reserve a ticket. More details are also available on Lions’ Facebook site www.facebook.com/TodmordenLionsClub

There is no bar but you can bring your own drinks for a great family night out.

It is the first major fundraiser for the appeal and Lions hope as many people as possible will support an event where squeals of laughter are set to be the order of the day.

Any individual or company who wishes to make a contribution to the appeal can do so at TSB Bank in Todmorden via Todmorden Lions account quoting Megan’s wheelchair appeal.

Megan is rated second in the country in her disability class, even at her young age of 14.

Her coach, Shaun Alvey, says there is no doubt she has the potential to make the Great Britain Paralympic squad which will head to Rio in 2016.

He said: “Without doubt in my 20 years of coaching she is the most talented and gifted table tennis player I have ever seen. She has the ability to go on and become a multi-medal winner if she stays focused.”

Her success in the sport to date has been using her regular chair and Shaun said a lighter chair will help her continue improving at her sport.

Todmorden High School student Megan travels to Sheffield twice a week to train with Yorkshire squad coach Shaun, who is also involved with the England squad, and once a week he travels to Todmorden.

The appeal is a major project for Lions in 2013-14 and a casino night is also planned for the autumn, the aim of these first events to mix fun with the fundraising.