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Wheelchair Bound Pair Gear Up for Record Breaking Mountain Climb



Two disability advocates are aiming to set a world record for the fastest climb up Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in a powered wheelchair.


Josh Wintersgill (pictured right), 30, and Maxwell McKnight, 19, who both have spinal muscular atrophy will be taking on the risky challenge to raise awareness of the inaccessibility of hiking spots in the UK.


And just to add further jeopardy to the #KnowNoBounds challenge the pair will be racing each other up the 1,085 metre Welsh mountain.


“Shortly after I bought an all-terrain wheelchair my world instantly changed,” said Josh.


“Getting in to it the very first time and being able to go in to the woods near my nan’s house was an emotional moment.”


However, it soon became apparent that whilst Josh had the right kit to help him access the great outdoors, what was stopping him was something else entirely. 


“It really does render me speechless that we have 21st century mobility technology capable of getting disabled people to wherever they want to go, but man-made structures still stopping us,” added Josh.


“For people with limited mobility there can be huge barriers to accessing the countryside. Stiles, heavy gates and steps are common. Much more can and should be done to open up the countryside for everyone.


“What Maxwell and I are trying to do is to raise awareness and highlight the need of disabled people who want to access the outdoors, and who have the right equipment, to be able to do so.


“We’re also hoping to raise £100,00 for Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK, which works to ensure that everyone affected by SMA has access to the best care, support and treatment.  


“The money will fund one or two all-terrain wheelchairs and activity weekends for adults and children with SMA.”


To donate to the JustGiving fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/campaign/knownobounds, or for further information https://smauk.org.uk/



 

 

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