Paralympic hero Hannah Cockroft visited Eureka to see how a £600,000 National Lottery grant for the children’s museum was spent.
The 20 year-old wheelchair racing ace, won two gold medals at the London Games, posed for pictures with children at the museum as she called in to see the Mission Active Learning Zone, which was developed with the money.
Like Eureka, Hannah and another 1,200 athletes get National Lottery funding, which allows her to train full time and receive top coaching and medical support.
As well as seeing the children, Hannah joined children in a Santa Sing-along.
“National Lottery funding has changed my life by helping me fulfil my sporting potential,” she said.
“I loved competing at the London 2012 Paralympics and Lottery funding is supporting me on my journey to Rio in 2016.
“National Lottery players raise £30 million every week, helping a wide variety of good causes. Eureka is a wonderful place, educating children in a fun and creative way.”
Michelle Emerson, Director of Marketing and Development at Eureka, said: “Christmas came early for our young visitors today.
“It was a joy to see how delighted the children were to meet Hannah and to touch her gold medals. Hannah is an inspiration to us all; she shows what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. National Lottery funding has helped Hannah and Eureka become so successful,” she said.