Ian's inspirational challenge!

On 6 May 2017 one of our beneficiaries, Ian Maskell, decided to challenge himself by travelling from the London eye to the Brighton i360 in his wheelchair, an amazing 100 miles along a flat waterside route.

Ian, a successful chartered Architect, was involved in a serious cycling accident which changed his life forever. He was thrown from his bike and paralysed from the waist down. The Architects Benevolent Society was able to step in and purchase a lightweight adjustable wheelchair for him. This helped Ian become more independent and he was able to get out and enjoy his love of the outdoors again.

He set off on this challenge on 6th May at the London Eye and crossed the finish line in Brighton on the 23rd, 18 days later, to be congratulated with cheers from friends and family, ABS staff, and local press.  British Airways acknowledged Ian’s achievement with a free flight on the i360 for him and his supporters, which finished Ian’s challenge off beautifully!

Ian raised over £9,000 with gift aid, to be divided between the Society, Aspire, Back Up and Spinal Injuries Association, as he wanted to give something back to all the charities that have supported him in various ways since his accident.

Ian kept everyone regularly updated with pictures of his challenge through his Instagram page and we cheered him along every day. Having seen these photos and videos, we can’t help but be impressed by Ian’s motivation to do this, and the support from his friends during his training, and along the route.

Ian has faced the enormity of the adjustment to his life with great determination, and this challenge is testament to that. We are incredibly impressed by the time, effort and commitment Ian put into this challenge, and touched that he chose to raise funds for our charity.

Thank you, Ian, for all your hard work and dedication in your fundraising. The Society will use these funds to continue to help people in need in the coming year.

You can still sponsor Ian through his Virgin Money Giving Page.

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