Dad has mountain to climb

Shaun Gash (right) taking part in Born Survivor.
Shaun Gash (right) taking part in Born Survivor.

A dad-of-three paralysed in a car accident 24 years ago has raised more than £20,000 for charity by pushing himself to the limit – and will have a mountain to climb with his latest challenge.

Shaun Gash, from Lancaster, is completely paralysed from the chest down, yet this has not stopped the 44-year-old from completing tasks most able-bodied folk would struggle with.

Paralysed Shaun Gash is training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  Pictured is Shaun at the VVV Health & Leisure Club in Hest Bank, Lancaster.'1st April 2015

Paralysed Shaun Gash is training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Pictured is Shaun at the VVV Health & Leisure Club in Hest Bank, Lancaster.'1st April 2015

“Over the past year I have been getting involved in a number of silly things, “ he said. “I have completed two 10km marine obstacle courses, 24 hour spinathons and last week me and a team of 36 others in completing a Born Survivor course in record time.

“The team from RGK Wheelchairs built me a prototype chair that was designed to go through sand and tough terrain and it was just brilliant.

“You should have seen us, we were like gladiators, it was amazing.”

But next year, following a skydive this June, Shaun, who is married to Dawn and is dad to 15-year-old twins Sharna and Kyle and 10-year-old Niamh, is set to undertake his biggest challenge yet.

In August, he, along with 25 other people, will attempt to climb African’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for CancerCare and a children’s charity Alexandra House.

And once again, he will be using his specially designed all-terrain wheelchair that includes a series of pulleys and equipment to tackle the climb

“It’s not about getting me up there, it’s about the team getting up there. The altitude is going to be the biggest challenge, but it is going to be an incredible achievement and experience both physically and emotionally.”

“Anyone can do anything if they put their minds to it.

You can follow Shaun’s progress at www.momentsofinspiration.org.uk and donate to his Kilimanjaro trek at www.trekcentric.com/donation/2/Kiliwheels_Challenge