This advent, I’m going to challenge myself to self-propel my wheelchair every day leading up to Christmas. After a particularly challenging year with my health and having to shield for the majority of it, it’s been a long time since I’ve pushed myself in my wheelchair!
I’m aiming for a mile a day eventually but that will be a gradual build up. In doing so, not only will I be improving my health and fitness, I’d also like to raise money for two local charities that have helped me enormously, particularly during lockdown: Move Momentum and Shin Gi Tai Community Martial Arts Community Trust, who provide dance and martial arts classes respectively, and make them accessible for all.
Before joining Liberate Dance and Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy, I spent long periods of time in bed and viewed my disability as quite a negative thing but with their help and encouragement, I’ve fully embraced my disability and am now able to celebrate my wheelchair for the freedom and independence that it gives me. Before joining these classes, even brushing my teeth was incredibly hard! Now I’m achieving fitness goals that I never would have dreamed possible. Both classes have worked tirelessly hard to adapt for those of us with disabilities and to provide online classes during lockdown;
that have proven to be a real lifeline for many. I’d love to give something back.
Thank you SO much for sponsoring me. ❤️
- Marie McCready
- Kelvin Wheeler
- Fiona Thornton
- Sue Boul
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