The other day I came across an inspirational story, the story of Andy Campbell.
On 7 June, Andy left London to travel 30,000 miles around the world in a wheelchair, a journey that is expected to take two years, will cross four continents with environments ranging from oceans to deserts, an odessy that has never been attempted before in which he will ski, scubadive, kayak, and even paraglide.
Eight years ago Andy had an abseiling accident, a fall from a rock-face that left him paralysed, losing the use of his legs.
But, in his own words, he kept his “ life and his ambition”.
“The more I tasted freedom the greater my appetite became and I realised the only way to ensure something’s impossible is to not try, to accept failure and physically stop”.
Motivated by a desire to escape the concrete jungle and urban environments that often confines those in wheelchairs, Andy has continued to pursue what he enjoys most, adventure. Following the accident he went on to learn the skills necessary to be able to ski, sitting down, kayak, bike ride, scuba dive, and even rock-climbing again, all without the use of his legs.
Andy will use his journey as a way to help increase the accessibly and enjoyment of the outdoors for those with spinal cord injuries.
His vision is simple, “to help create a world in which people with a spinal cord injury are not restricted from active participation in outdoor recreation by a lack of access to adequate equipment.”
His goal, “to raise 1 million pounds.”
Good luck Andy, you truly are an inspiration, a great example of how ordinary people, achieve great things!
(You can follow Andy’s adventure at www.pushingthelimits.com)