Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Debbie Sets off on a Record Breaking Adventure

On Sunday, Debbie North and her husband Andy set off from a very wet St Bees at the start of their Coast to Coast challenge.  Debbie is aiming to be the first disabled person to complete the route in a Terrain Hopper, an electrically powered off-road wheelchair.  She is aiming to raise £11,000 to allow Calvert Trust Kielder to purchase one of these wheelchairs for their guests to use.

Debbie and Andy set off on their adventure

Always an outdoor enthusiast, in 2008, as a result of the degeneration of her spine, Debbie found herself needing to use a wheelchair and unable to do what she enjoyed the most, hill walking.  In January 2014, the former head teacher decided to take on the route from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay in a bid to raise awareness about the lack of accessibility in the countryside.

It’s taken a year to plan the two week trek to cross the country in the spirit of Alfred Wainwright, and Debbie and Andy have had to take into account gates, stiles and the terrain.  However, their intention is to get as high and as remote as possible, to show that they can.

Debbie's challenge is currently being checked to see if it qualifies for entry into The Guiness Book of Records, but it’s looking as though the coast to coast hasn’t been completed in a wheelchair before.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this will be a first.


Please show your support for Debbie by making a donation on her Justgiving page and help her to show that ‘it’s what you CAN do that counts’.


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