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
Check out this sites archive from September 6th to follow daily blog posts on www.martynsibley.com, and general updates on www.disabilityhorizons.com and www.whatsyours.org.
goood luck!!! xxx