Grant Logan has just got back from a training weekend in Loch Lomond, in preparation for a pretty massive challenge. On 31st May, he’s going to climb Ben Nevis in his wheelchair, along with a team, to raise money for Scope and Capability Scotland. Phew.
What made your mind up to do the challenge?
I’ve always been a very active person, and since my road accident 5 years ago I still try to keep pushing myself with challenges. I recently went skiing in Colorado and have been sailing and kayaking in the Lake District.
How’s your training going?
Training is difficult as it’s all upper body, but I go out pushing myself on long runs up and down my local hills.
How do you actually climb a mountain with a wheelchair?
The short answer is with a lot of help from my team! I have ropes attached to the chair that my team will help pull as and when required. There are also gates and walls that my team will have to lift me over so it’s very much a team effort in getting us to the top.
We’re rooting for you! £10,000 is a huge fundraising target – what’s your strategy?
So far the money raised has been through friends, family and work colleagues, but we are also holding a fundraising dinner and charity auction to find the additional funds we are after.
How have you found using Justgiving?
Justgiving is an amazing site and really takes the stress out of fundraising. It makes collecting the money simple and straightforward and I would also say that we are able to raise more money by getting the message out to a much wider audience.
Have you got a Justgiving widget/badge on your blog yet?
No I haven’t, what is that?
Aha! Well our widget is like a mini version of your fundraising page and a badge works like a button – both link to your fundraising page and you can get them here.
So what are you looking forward to/dreading most about the climb?
I am looking forward to reaching the summit with the combined effort of my team - sitting on top of that mountain will feel like a real achievement for all of us - but I am dreading bad weather as that will be the major factor in if we make it to the summit or not.
Can you tell us a bit more about the work that Scope and Capability Scotland do?
Scope is a national disability organisation which focuses on people with cerebral palsy, a physical condition that affects movement. Scope’s mission is to drive the change to make our society the first where disabled people achieve equality. Our ‘Time to Get Equal’ campaign aims to build a mass movement of one million people to help achieve this. To find out more visit www.scope.org.uk
Capability Scotland is one of the leading Scottish disability organisations and has nearly 60 years' experience of providing services to disabled people of all ages in Scotland. Capability will be a major ally in supporting disabled people to achieve full equality, and to have choice and control of their lives, by 2020. Capability's mission is to transform people's expectations of what is possible and to ensure that disabled people achieve equality.
Good luck with the climb! We’re looking forward to hearing how it goes…