Fundraiser Will’s wheelchair marathon success

4 August 2020

A former student at Exeter’s WESC Foundation has just finished a 31 day wheelchair marathon in memory of his late father.

22 year old Will Parry, who is severely sight impaired and confined to a wheelchair by Cerebral Palsy, completed 36 laps of his garden in his manual wheelchair each day in July. Today he finished his final push, bringing his total distance to over 26 miles.

Will took up the challenge to raise money for the Lawrence Centre in Wells which provides day opportunities for older people including those living with memory loss and health issues. He was inspired by his own father David who died of vascular dementia.

Will passed his £1,000 target ahead of finishing his final lap on 31st July, where he was cheered on by his mum, fellow housemates and staff from the Lawrence Centre and WESC Foundation.

“I wanted to use my time well,” said Will, who attended the WESC Foundation School and College before moving into the charity’s supported living accommodation.

“Despite being unable to walk, both my parents and society in general looked after me whilst I was growing up. Later on, the tables turned and I helped my mother out looking after my father.

“Dad was lucky because we were there for him. I would like to think that people who are not as lucky as my father have the same chance to carry on joining in with life.”

There’s still time to support Will’s marathon and donate to his JustGiving page


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