Lancaster dad will climb Kilimanjaro in his wheelchair

Pumping iron: Shaun trains for his assault on Kilimanjaro
Pumping iron: Shaun trains for his assault on Kilimanjaro
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A dad-of-three paralysed in a car accident 24 years ago has raised over £20,000 for charity by pushing himself to the limit - and will have a mountain to climb with his latest challenge.

Shaun Gash, from Lancaster, is completely paralysed from the chest down, yet this has not stopped the 44-year-old from completing tasks most able-bodied folk would struggle with.

Born survivor: Shaun and his team take on the obstacle course

Born survivor: Shaun and his team take on the obstacle course

“Over the past year I have been getting involved in a number of silly things,” he said.

“I have completed two 10km marine obstacle courses, 24 hour spinathons and last week me and a team of 36 others in completing a Born Survivor course in record time.

“The team from RGK Wheelchairs built me a prototype chair that was designed to go through sand and tough terrain and it was just brilliant.

“You should have seen us, we were like gladiators, it was amazing.”

Anyone can do anything if they put their minds to it

But next year, following a skydive this June, Shaun, who is married to Dawn and is dad to 15-year-old twins, Sharna and Kyle and 10-year-old Niamh, is set to undertake his biggest challenge yet.

In August, he, along with 25 other people, will attempt to climb African’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for CancerCare and a children’s charity Alexandra House.

And once again, he will be using his specially designed all-terrain wheelchair that includes a series of pulleys and equipment to tackle the climb

“It’s not about getting me up there, it’s about the team getting up there.

“The altitude is going to be the biggest challenge,but it is going to be an incredible achievement and experience both physically and emotionally.”

“Anyone can do anything if they put their minds to it.

You can follow Shaun’s progress on his website at www.momentsofinspiration.org.uk and donate to his Killimanjaro treak at www.trekcentric.com/donation/2/Kiliwheels_Challenge