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Wheelchair User’s 12 Hour Charity Challenge Supports Local Business in Carlisle

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For Immediate Release Wednesday 26 May 2021

Wheelchair User’s 12 Hour Charity Challenge Supports Local Business in Carlisle

On Wednesday 26th May Carol Hall will complete a 12 mile / 12 hour/ 12 Business Charity run for Young Minds and Diabetes UK. She hopes to raise money for these two important charities whilst also showcasing Carlisle and some of the small businesses who make it such a great place to live and visit. 

Starting at 9am Carol will set off from a business or organisation, wheel for one mile until she reaches her next stop.  At each stop she’ll talk to the manager and learn more about what is on offer and how they make their services available to disabled people before moving along to the next location.

This is just the latest charity challenge for Carol. She started these challenges back in September as a way to get fit and lose weight whilst helping the wider community.  Her first challenge was 30 miles in one month for refugees, her most recent was one was 32 miles in one go! She’s come a long way in all senses having also lost a whopping 50kg since August. Carol blogs her progress and adventures under the Name WheelieMum on facebook, youtube and her website.

The charities are very personally important to Carol, through her work as a volunteer mentor she’s seen first hand the effect of the pandemic on young people and wants to ensure they have the resources to cope and become more Resilient.  Whilst she is not diabetic, diabetes was a very real possibility given her need to lose weight and lifestyle.  

 

Carol, now age 50, realised 17 years as an electric wheelchair user was taking a terrible toll on her health and so in August, age 49, she started to address this. By the time she turned 50 in October she was already wheeling 10km.

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Regarding why chose this challenge Carol said “This was to be my come back run following a shoulder injury and it’s my way of supporting both my community locally and people in the wider community in need of the charities services”.

 

Regarding choosing to use her videos to support local business Carol said “The owner and workers are my neighbours, Carlisle is my city.  The pandemic has hurt many small businesses and so I want to help my neighbours show off their services and come out of this pandemic far stronger than they went into it. 

Wayne Donough of Well Done Solutions (disability equipment store) said “I have know Carol since she approached me with an unusual request to attempt to get into the mountains with a powerchair, As a disabled person and parent of a disabled child myself  Well Done Solutions are delighted to support Carol and her Charities and look forward to showing off our products and services”

In the run up to this event Carol’s training was interrupted due to a caster on the wheelchair breaking but in true Cumbrian style this will not deter her.  The chair is to be fixed this Friday just in time to enable her to complete the challenge.  Carol said “Nothing is going to stop me completing this run.  I am grateful to everyone who is helping me get the chair back functional.  The charities and Carlisle are too important to cancel at this stage”

This event runs from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday 26 May. Visit Carol’s website for links to the donation pages and to see the schedule for the day: where Carol will be and when.

Additional Information

Website: www.WheelieMum.org.uk

Diabetes Uk Fundraiser: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wheeliemum

Young Minds Fundraiser: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wheeliemumyoungminds

Contact: Carol Hall 07419775133 Carol@WheelieMum.org.uk

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Challenges Disability

The Kindness of Strangers

Feeling utterly despondent after yet another fairly major failure of the wheelchair I posted in ‘The Conquerer Community’ on facebook. This is a group of people who undertake virtual challenges with the company ‘My Virtual Misson.

I wrote how devastated I felt at the broken front fork and how I felt like giving up. With a little over a week to go to my next big charity challenge, I was feeling utterly lost.

The overwhelming response was “keep going”, and to remind me how far I had come. The other response was not just to suggest I started a go fund me but also multiple offers to start one. I akwardly accepted one of these offers.

We are now a couple of hours on from that go fund me starting and I want to share with you the incredible kindness of these strangers. None of them know me, other than by the videos I share.

That fundraiser is already at £1675! I honestly cannot beleive people are so happy to help me.

For me this means the world. My chair is simply not up to the hammer I give it. It wouldn’t have been when new, never mind given it is an ill fitting second hand chair. What none of these people know, and no one did until you read it now but with the chair now being too wide for me I dangerously slide around in it on side cambers and it has given me some rather worrying sores which I already have a doctors appointment to discuss and so to be able to get a suitable chair is going to mean everything. I will be able to continue on this incredible fitness journey and do so much more safely than before.

Here is a link to that fundraiser but if you cannot donate or would rather donate to one of my chosen charities I am still very grateful for your support.

I am overwhelmed by all the support I receive whether in this practical way or just by reading my site and watching my videos.

Lots of love, and very sincere thanks

Carol

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Challenges

12 Hours, 12 Miles, 12 Businesses

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On Tuesday 13th April I intend to attempt a 12-hour challenge. I will wheel one mile, on the hour, every hour for 12 hours.

I am hoping to call at a different pub, cafe, or other business to rest at your outdoor seating. I will be there for around 40 minutes (less if it was an uphill mile) and then set off to the next business.

I have two main aims:

  1. to raise money for my chosen charities (Young Minds and Diabetes UK)
  2. to support local businesses as you reopen and give you the chance to share your great services and accessibility.

All I am asking for is somewhere to rest between miles. I am not asking for freebies, I genuinely want to support you to get back up and running after lockdown and to have a place to rest. Ideally, I would get out of my chair into a high-backed chair but that’s not essential for every stop.

If you are interested in hosting one of my stops please message me on facebook or email Carol@WheelieMum.org.uk

My youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOgeLgwsUcpzaFCrzjfZ8Zw

Fundraisers

Diabetes UK:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wheeliemum

YoungMinds:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wheeliemumyoungminds

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Challenges

April Exercise Challenge

Join the family and get a little more active during April. I am inviting you to join the community and complete 30 somethings during April. We have a facebook group established to encourage each other and joining is totally free. If you want a beautiful bespoke medal they will be available at a small cost with any excess money going to the charities (Diabetes UK and YoungMinds)

What will you do?
30 Miles
30 Days of 30 Wall pushups
30 up and down the stairs
Something else.

I am going to visit 30 parks and open spaces within the month. You can choose anything that is wthin your ability. You do not need to be disabled and powerchair users are welcome too. What you do is entirely your choice.

Download your record card for your 30 day challenge:

Please use the download buttons to get your own copy to complete