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TREMENDOUS TRIP: Dynamic duo from Kings Langley wheel themselves across the finish line

 Published on: 25th August 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

After a gruelling six days Dean Charnley, 39, and his friend Nathan Penfold, 32, completed their wheelchair challenge travelling from Rhyl in North Wales back to Kings Langley. 

They wheeled themselves almost 200 miles and raised over 2,000 for the Lee Spark Foundation and Watford General Hospital.

Dean and Nathan set off at around 10:30am on Monday, August 3, with Hollywood actor Spencer Wilding releasing a firework to celebrate the occasion.

They encountered one notable challenge on day two where there were stopped by police on an A road which had very limited access and were told if they carried on along the road they would be arrested.

Dean also said that he unfortunately had to go to A&E on the last day after an accident which meant that he missed most of the final day.

He said: “I thought the challenge wouldn’t be so hard, but it turned out to literally be the hardest thing I have done. 

“I was mentally, physically and emotionally drained.”

Dean said it was surprising that himself and Nathan were recognised along their journey.

He said: “I think people recognising us was weird. We were in Chester of all places and people were literally stopping and shaking our hands.”

Despite Dean promising Nathan he would not do a challenge like this, he has decided to take part in an endurance challenge on Saturday, September 26, to raise money for a young boy named Billy.

This event will help to raise money for brain surgery for Billy which will stop the strokes he has been experiencing. 

Dean said despite his recent challenge, this 24-hour endurance challenge will be the hardest thing he has ever done as it will be non-stop for 24-hours.

To donate to the one wish for billy fundraiser go to gofundme.com/f/23q92l2lo0.

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