Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Johnathan's Splash for Cash

A sports mad guest of Calvert Trust Kielder has taken the plunge to raise cash for the charity.

22 year old Johnathan McCole has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair and electronic speaking aid. But with help from his assistants Phillip Bennett and Malango Mafuta he swam a mile at his local swimming baths in Rochdale.

Johnathan, who regularly benefits from respite care breaks at Calvert Trust Kielder, swam the 64 lengths in 1 hour and 55 minutes and so far has raised over £900 for the Trust.

Johnathan said:

“My thought of doing a charity event came from my last stay at Calvert Trust Kielder in June during Sailing Week. I had already thought of my mile swim before, but that motivated and spurred me on even more to carry it out. This is because I wasn't treated like a disabled person but was able to experience amazing activities. Kielder is the best centre with the best group of staff ever and I always bear Calvert Trust's motto; NO Limits and it’s what you can do that counts whether I am at home or at Kielder.

With the help of my two PA’s I started at 30 lengths and built by 5 extra each week, I did my training twice a week leading up to the event. Doing a mile in just under 2 hours was an achievement in itself, it was tough and tiring, but with my perseverance and endurance I managed to complete it. I only have the use of one arm and not even my legs can help me so I was chuffed that I did it.

I am so proud and pleased with myself with what I have achieved, I am happy I have chosen to support Calvert Trust Kielder, because not only will it help other people it will benefit me as well. I love going Kielder for my respite and I hope that the respite facility stays open so I can keep going to it.”


You can still donate to Johnathan’s Just Giving page or by text JSFC99 with how much you would like to donate to 70070.

If you would like to take on a sponsored challenge for Calvert Trust Kielder contact a member of our Fundraising Team on 01434 250232.


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