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Quadriplegic Adventurer Back on Dry Land after Epic Sailing Challenge



Quadriplegic adventurer Geoff Holt MBE DL has returned to St Katherine’s Dock in London after circumnavigating the UK by boat.


Over a four-week period and 1,800 miles, Geoff called in at 19 accessible ports across the country, raising money for his registered charity, Wetwheels Foundation.


The money will be used build four new Wetwheels boats, providing life-changing experiences to profoundly disabled people each year.


Geoff’s record breaking and remarkable test of endurance, grit and outstanding determination was also an emotional one, as it marks his final disability adventure.


Throughout his life, Geoff has been committed to making the sea accessible to disabled people, proving that physical limitations do not define our potential.


Geoff and his support team stopped at numerous ports nationwide to raise awareness of his journey. They also visited six existing Wetwheels locations, which provide thousands of boat trips each year to disabled individuals throughout the UK.


“This year I marked 40 years in a wheelchair after being paralysed from the chest down,” said Geoff.


“The sea has always been my salvation since my accident, and somewhere I can forget about my disability. That’s why I have spent my life sharing this passion and proving to other profoundly disabled people that barrier free boating is possible for them too.


“Throughout the challenge we met wonderful people in the most beautiful places throughout the UK, and I’d like to thank all the incredible ports, people and places who helped us on this massive journey.


“My biggest hope is we can inspire more disabled people to join us for an experience on one of our boats, but to do this, we need to keep raising money to achieve my dream of acquiring another four Wetwheels boats, making a total of 12 around the UK.


“Hopefully, by demonstrating that a quadriplegic, 40 years paralysed from the chest down, still with the ability to achieve his dreams will inspire more disabled people to find out about Wetwheels and support the amazing work we do.”


To find out more about the voyage and to donate visit www.finishingthedream.co.uk


Photo Credit: Wetwheels Foundation

 

 

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