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Making A Mountain Out Of A Fundraising Event

May 31, 2008

The challenge to push wheelchair users up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, and raise money for two DisAbility related charities, Scope and Capability Scotland, took place today. Eight wheelchair users ended up participating. It was originally meant to be ten.

The able-bodied organiser, Ken Hames, was interviewed on BBC News about the challenge today. Julie McElroy, a truly DisAbled 22 year old with CP, also took part. I have been following this challenge closely on this blog for the last two months. I was very happy to hear that it was successful, and also that one of the reasons that it took place was to raise awareness of disability.

All the wheelchair users, as well as Julie McElroy and anyone else with any mobility trouble who may have taken part in the challenge, are truly DisAbled. They are an inspiration to anyone with any DisAbility. I’d like to wish them all loads of luck for the future. I’d also like to thank BBC News for covering the story tonight. Most of all, I’d like to thank Ken Hames for the sensitivity that he has shown by organising the challenge in the first place, and for his support of the efforts that all DisAbled people constantly make to raise awareness of DisAbility. The mainstream world needs many more like him.

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