We would like to share with you a lovely story we came across recently:
Following a spinal degeneration diagnosis Deborah North became a wheelchair user. Deborah continuing working as head teacher but in a wheelchair eventually taking early retirement However she has never lost her love of the outdoors and set about creating ‘accessthedales’ to raise awareness about the lack of wheelchair access in the countryside.
At this very moment she is completing the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay using an all terrain wheelchair called a Terrain Hopper. Deborah is doing the challenge to raise money for the Calvert Kielder so that they can purchase a Terrain Hopper. Calvert Kielder help thousands of people with disabilities to reach their potential by taking part in adventurous outdoor activities.
Several people have provided accommodation, including the Best Western Hotel Group and Youth Hostelling Association.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire and BBC Radio Newcastle are following progress across country, with live links to their morning show.
Long time friend of Rohan – Mark Richards, outdoor photographer, author and friend of Wainwright has designed the logo for the Coast to Coast Trek which is now on a T shirt – Read more about the T Shirt and Marks work
Deborah North – www.accessthedales.com
After reading this I am sure you will join me in wishing Deborah all the best with the her trip and fundraising activities.
Update 26th April 2015: Please join us in sending Deborah huge congratulations Coast to Coast finished.