A man who spent five and a half months in a spinal unit in Stanmore is set to embark on his greatest challenge, by climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales.
Ian Maskell was left paralysed from the chest down after falling from his bike in South Downs in 2013.
He was taken to hospital and later spent nearly six months in a rehabilitation unit in Stanmore.
He said he felt inspired by a poster on the wall while he was recovering and it encouraged him to get back on the saddle following his accident.
To complete the challenge, Ian will need a specialist mountain trike that allows access to hills and harsh terrain.
Ian took to the internet and started a fundraising page to make his mission of climbing Mount Snowdon possible – his aim to raise £5,000 was exceeded, which has brought his dream ever closer.
Ian’s climb will be in support of charity BackUp, which helps transform people’s lives after spinal injuries. The charity appeared on the poster that inspired him to get back on rocky terrain.
Ian said: “The NHS hospital in Stanmore was amazing and we are so lucky to have such a fantastic health service. They saved my life and have rebuilt my back and trained me to live as near independent life with just the control of my head and arms.
“I’m fantastically happy that I reached my target of £5,000 for the bike, it means I can now move on to phase two of the project – to get me to the top of Snowdon.
“It’s great that my family and friends are so supportive of the project in terms of fundraising and now they’re pulling, pushing and lifting me to the top of Snowdon in the BackUp Charity ‘Snowdon Push 2020’ on July 4.
“The money means that I now have the wheels to take on the challenge. And in fact, we have raised a little more than the £5,000. This should cover the cost of some additional poles, straps and belts to harness my team of 15 people. If there are any further funds, this money will be used for specialist physiotherapy at Neurokinex, a rehab for people living with paralysis.
“The next wheel turn for me could possibly be Ben Nevis in Scotland, but for now I’m focussed on getting on with physical training and learning to climb the South Downs in the new Mountain Trike.”
For further donations visit justgiving.com/fundraising/all-terrain-wheelchair-for-ian