A wheelchair sports team is hoping to compete on the international stage thanks to the support of a local law firm.
Clarke Mairs LLP, based in Newcastle, is sponsoring the Northern Ice wheelchair curling team, which has set its sights on representing England at the sport.
Northern Ice, which was set up by Stewart Pimblett, of Seghill, is currently the only wheelchair curling team south of the border.
And the team is now looking to represent England in next year’s international competition in Norway.
If the team members are able to represent the country then it will open the door for them to be eligible to play for Great Britain in the future Paralympics.
Stewart said: “Wheelchair curling is both interesting to watch and exciting to play, and in creating Northern Ice we’ve introduced another Paralympic sport for disabled individuals to try their hand at.
“Wheelchair curling is another great addition to the sports that have been adapted for those with physical impairments, and we’re always looking to welcome new players on board.
“We’re particularly in need of female members, as we’re unable to compete as an England team without women players.
“We’re very grateful to Clarke Mairs for becoming our newest sponsor, as their contribution will make a huge difference to us in terms of buying more clothing, equipment, covering training costs and funding entry into competitions.”