Stuart Williams, an able bodied fitness instructor from Wirral Liverpool is attempting to push himself from Edinburgh to Land’s End – using just a standard wheelchair.
Stuart’s journey will begin on Monday 7th July 2014 in Edinburgh and he will then propel himself 700 miles over the span of 25 days. He’s expected to arrive at Land’s End on the 31st July after covering 30 miles per day using nothing but his trusty wheelchair.
Stuart’s target is to raise money for Whizz-Kidz, which helps to provide vital mobility equipment and life skills support for disabled children across the UK. He aims to raise £20,000; a figure which will transform the lives of disabled children. Stuart was inspired to undertake the challenge by his cousin Michael.
Stuart says, “Firstly, I love a challenge. But most importantly – and most personally – my young cousin Michael was disabled from birth, and his family had to buy specialist mobility equipment for him year in, year out. Without this mobility equipment, Michael’s family would have struggled to give him the active and independent childhood that all kids need and deserve. With my background in health and sport, I completely appreciate the freedom we have to exercise, have fun and be independent; all kids deserve to have that same feeling. That’s why I’m working so hard to fundraise for Whizz-Kidz.”
Stuart’s cousin Michael, sadly passed away after his lifelong disability. Lives lived and lost serve as stark and solemn reminders to loved ones of how restrictive living with disabilities can be, and Stuart is determined to raise this awareness. As a non-disabled person he will be subjecting himself to a grueling 700 mile journey in a wheelchair to prove how much we take easy movement and access for granted.