Dad's world beating mountain challenge

World record: Shaun Gash with his wife DawnWorld record: Shaun Gash with his wife Dawn
World record: Shaun Gash with his wife Dawn
A DAD-of-three is aiming to break a world record by being the first paraplegic to scale Kilimanjaro.

Shaun Gash, who was paralysed in a car accident 24 years ago, will take on African’s highest peak with a team of 32 trekkers behind him.

The trekkers will be raising money for CancerCare, children’s charity Alexandra House and Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre.

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The team will set off on their Kiliwheels journey from VVV gym, in Hest Bank on August 16 and are hoping to reach the summit by August 23.

Shaun, who is married to Dawn and is dad to 16-year-old twins Sharna and Kyle and 11-year-old Niamh, has been overwhelmed with support received so far. The 45-year-old said: “I am so thankful for all the support. “This is the biggest challenge I have ever planned and will achieve.”

K2 Specialist Services, an oil company based in Singapore pledged $15,000 to the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre on the team’s behalf.

The Borough pub and Borough Brewery has supported the trek – with donations from their Kilimanjaro Ale.

Michael Sheen, from RGK Wheelchairs, has designed and built a special wheelchair for Shaun for the expedition. Shaun and the team has raised £15,000 for the trek so far.