INSPIRATIONAL: Brave Chorley adventurer inspiring others and raising money

Inspirational adventures: Ann Wheeler on one of her climbs
Inspirational adventures: Ann Wheeler on one of her climbs
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An energetic mum-of-two, who was almost left paralysed, is raising cash for adventure holidays for people with disabilities.

Ann Wheeler, 57, was diagnosed with rare spinal condition cauda equina, and told she was just days away from losing the use of her legs.

But, after facing months of pain and major surgery, Ann is taking on mammoth physical challenges to help people with similar conditions.

After the Lancashire Evening Post told Ann’s inspirational story, she is now recognised up every mountain she goes, and is setting her sights on a new fund-raising challenge.

“I’ve climbed 121 mountains now,” said Ann, who lives in Clayton-le-Woods, near Chorley.

“I’m helping people on the cauda equina site, because they were giving up but if I can do it, they can do it.

“People are recognising me and people are wanting to give me money.

“It has opened up a lot of doors for other people who have got the same condition and have given up.

“All these people have said thank you for giving us hope because they have seen pictures of me up mountains and said how do you do it. But I just get up in the morning, get my legs working and do it.”

Ann has already raised thousands of pounds for different causes over the last three years through her challenges, including swimming lakes Coniston and Windermere.

She now wants to raise as much as possible for the Lake District Calvert Trust, which provides residential outdoor activity courses for people with different disabilities.

Ann, who is a keen walker, swimmer and diver, is taking on all 214 Wainwrights this year, and has been approached by people inspired by her determination.

She said: “I struggle some days, I’m struggling at the moment, but once I’m out in the mountains it will all go.

“Mountains are just my life now.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be alone on the mountains now, it’s opened a lot of doors.

“I’m hoping when I get to the 214th Wainwright there will be a big party.”

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