Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Adrian Singleton has very ambitious goals for 2014 – all in support of HemiHelp...
I acquired left hemiplegia when I was knocked down by a car, aged 9. That was in 1973 and a long before HemiHelp was born. It was a terrifying experience and I really struggled to understand what had happened to me.
I can only imagine what it is like for toddlers to grow up with hemiplegia, but as an active and healthy boy, being struck down with this condition was very hard to accept. Had HemiHelp existed back then I am sure I would have coped much better.
But here I am, 49 years old and leading an active life. I refuse to let my condition get in the way of the things I want to do. They say life begins at 40, well I certainly grasped it and after reaching that age I have been up in a glider, driven three steam locomotives and achieved a 12,000ft skydive over New Zealand!
Now that I am approaching 50 I am delighted to be able to do something to help a charity that supports children and young adults with hemiplegia. I hope readers will be inspired by my challenge. So what am I doing? Well, I intend to take part in at least one leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2015/2016. This race runs every two years and the 13/14 race has just got underway. I will start training as race crew from September 2014, and in the meantime I am taking to the water to get some valuable experience sailing various types of yacht.
I have also recently learnt to swim and I hope to arrange a few swimming events to form part of the sponsored sections of my training for the Clipper Race. I am planning to go skiing in January 2014 and aim to attempt my first ever green run on the slopes in Whistler, Canada where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held.
I am intending to take on the Thurrock Cycle Marathon in the summer of 2014 and 2015 all to raise awareness of hemiplegia and money for HemiHelp to continue its good work.
I am looking for corporate sponsors (suggestions welcome!) to help meet the costs for me to undertake the four parts of my challenge (cycling, swimming, skiing and sailing) but my primary aim is to raise £10,000 in public donations for HemiHelp.
Click here to see Adrian's page for more details.