A WORLD champion indoor rower with Northumberland roots has received vital support from a Morpeth community organisation.
Caroline MacDonald, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, has made big waves in adaptive rowing in the Arms and Shoulders category.
She is the current world record-holder and champion over one kilometre and she is a European and British outdoor champion.
Unfortunately, last year she broke her specially-adapted rowing seat used for indoor training and competitions.
Caroline started fund-raising with the help of her family, but it was taking months to raise the total needed and she was losing valuable training time.
However, Margaret Trewick of Morpeth Lions came to hear of her efforts through her parents in Ashington and put forward a case for funding help from her local club.
The Lions had no hesitation in agreeing to make up the funding difference, around 50 per cent of the cost, so Caroline could start training again.
Now she is off to the European indoor championships at the end of January and will defend her title at the World Championships in Boston, USA, in February.
As Caroline is the world title-holder and world record-holder, sports equipment firm Concept is sponsoring her World Championship costs.
Morpeth Lions Club President Geoff Bushell said: “It is great to be able to help someone who gives so much to her sport and, with luck, we may be helping her retain the World Championship and world record.”