Having seen a large part of the world by train, plane and automobile (and Europe together with Filipe Roldao in my adapted car for the EEDR); it was time to do something super silly!
In June 2013, Kasia and I decided to travel approximately 1100 miles on a new form of transport.
Beginning on September 6th 2013, and aiming to finish on October 5th 2013; we pledged to go from John o Groats (furthest northern point of Scotland) to Lands End (furthest southern point of England) by wheelchair and bicycle.
The aims of the trip were:
• to challenge ourselves individually more than ever before
• as an ambassador for Britain’s Personal Best; to advocate this Olympic legacy/Big Lottery funded project and increase sign-ups on www.whatsyours.org
• to show the world a positive view of disability
• to show disabled people what is truly possible
• to live for the moment and do what you believe in
Even getting to a position where the trip could take place was extremely difficult. We needed a safe route, equipment, money PR and goodwill! Here’s how it went:
• For Kasia’s bike Halfords sponsored her a Victoria Pendleton and all the accessories she needed
• Regarding health and fitness we were sponsored by TODA Herbal to use their immune boosting drops
• I had to self fund £320 for spare wheelchair batteries. Expensive but necessary. Other sponsors declined this item.
• I recruited a care assistant, support driver and planning/logistics manager. Martin Gascoigne was a crucial piece of the puzzle. Thanks mate.
• He’ll be following us closely for safety in my adapted Kia car. Thanks to Andys Kars and Andys Ark for ensuring my car and chair were ready
• Britain’s Personal Best sponsored accommodation, food and petrol
• Britain’s Personal Best also provided vast amounts of PR, alongside Scope. Before we set off; tv, radio and newspapers had supported
• ‘Just ask James’ designed our safety banner/flags and Footprint printed them for free
• Cotswold Outdoor kindly gave us a free fleece and 20% off our expedition clothing
• See my media page for some of the media coverage, including us in the Daily Mirror
So my call to actions for you are:
• Spread the message
• Follow the blog and tweets
• Come and say hi if you’re along our route
• PLEASE GIVE ALL YOU CAN TO OUR NOMINATED CHARITIES: Scope, Variety – the children’s charity and Womens Aid