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11 May 2020

“DONE!... exhausting but worth it 100%”

We’ve seen some wonderfully creative responses recently to our invitation to take on a virtual fundraising challenge at home, none more so than Sam, who completed a 5k endurance challenge by going up and down the length of his 8.5 metre house  - in his powered wheelchair!

He finished in a fantastic time of 1hr 27m and his mum even made him a finish line to cross! He's smashed his fundraising target, raising over £300 so far to support our work.

This was a brilliant achievement for Sam, who had to train for several weeks to build up his stamina and accuracy.

On his JustGiving page he wrote, “I have complex medical conditions which impacts my life and prevents me living the life I want. My physical disability and constant pain mean even the most mundane daily activities that most people don’t even think about doing are really difficult for me and it takes a toll on my mental health.”

We’ve been supporting Sam for a couple of years and recently helped him to play Animal Crossing. Through gaming, he says, he can be transported to a virtual world, where he can be distracted from the difficulties in his life and “become engrossed in activities and adventures.”

HUGE congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to Sam for completing his virtual challenge! You can still donate to his JustGiving page here, and if you’re feeling inspired, why not complete your own virtual challenge for us? Find out more about our Virtual Events here.

Boy in wheelchair with a dog. Inset shows him crossing a finish line

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