A Rickmansworth resident who has already raised more than £15,000 for an inclusive sports charity in his lifetime has taken on his biggest challenge yet.
On Friday, 24 of June, with a team of good friends, fundraising hero Matthew Dawson (second from the right) set off on a three-day-long charity task which saw him tackle a 27-mile kayaking trip, a 200-mile cycle to Snowdonia and climbing all 15 peaks of the Welsh mountain range.
It’s part of Access Sports’ new ‘#ChallengeAccessSport’ four-day triathlon campaign. The charity’s goal is to open up sport to make it more inclusive for those who are disabled or disadvantaged.
Speaking to RICKYnews, Matthew said: “I love to see how far I can push my endurance (and my friends) and to find something which inspires me and to focus my training and hopefully learn something new. This challenge met all of those criteria in abundance!
“I trained 6 days per week with some twice-per-day sessions to build up the stamina needed to cope with the long hours of the event and the 3 different disciplines.
“Sport is a very powerful tool and has incredible benefits for both mental and physical well-being. It can help provide people with a sense of identity and belonging.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to try and regularly participate in sport and experience these benefits and Access Sport is on a mission to make that a reality for those most in need, including disabled and disadvantaged young people. “
To find out more about Access Sport, visit their website.