An epic challenge 
to change 20 lives

Shaun Gash, during last year's climb up Mount Kilimanjaro
Shaun Gash, during last year's climb up Mount Kilimanjaro
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A disabled fund-raiser will push himself in a wheelchair on an epic journey from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Shaun Gash aims to change 20 lives – including that of a Blackpool girl – in 20 days by taking on the 20 Twenty Challenge in under 20 days .

The 46-year-old said: “I do charity challenges every year, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

“I really enjoy doing it and raising funds for charity.

“We want to get people to help plan this challenge, and we are breaking the country into 20 day slices, and for each area we want someone, or indeed a team to join us for a day.

“We are looking for individuals, charities and groups to raise money for.

“We want to give something back and help change people’s lives.

“I want people to think long and hard about how they can help, and how together in 2017 we can change people’s lives.

“This is mass participation and we plan to be the catalyst for good sweeping the nation.

“For example, in Blackpool, we will be supporting six-year-old Gracie-Ann Fletcher, who has scoliosis, spina bifida, epilepsy and a heart condition.

“She also has multiple congenital abnormalities to her spinal cord and vertebra.

“We have raised funds for specialist trainers and sandals for her.”

This year Shaun, from Lancaster, decided to do the wheelchair challenge with Gavin, who is from Rotherham.

Shaun added: “He is an ex-forces PT instructor and will push alongside me in a wheelchair, which is out of his comfort zone.

“I do obstacle course racing and the people I run with are also taking part as area fund-raisers across the country to help boost funds for their own local causes.

“People have been so inspired by our 20 Twenty Challenge and donated.”

Shaun and Gavin’s challenge will start on August 9.

To donate or to take part visit www.20twentychallenge.org.uk