A TEENAGER from Yell has completed a gruelling charity challenge in which he pushed himself in his wheelchair over a total distance of 1,679 miles, the equivalent of the length of Shetland’s rugged coastline.
Brynn Hauxwell completed the challenge yesterday (Sunday) after covering the distance in portions over the last number of months.
He has raised over £6,400 for Ability Shetland as a way of saying thank you to the local charity for their support he and his family have received over the years.
The 15-year-old has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, severe asthma and also suffers from fixed ankle contractures which means he relies on a wheelchair to get around.
Brynn said he “couldn’t have done it” without the support of those cheering him on.
The challenge kicked off during lockdown, with Brynn racking up miles at home using special exercise equipment.
When the guidelines changed he managed to get out into the great outdoors.
He said the first 490 miles were done indoors, with the rest then outside.
Supported by his family, the challenge took around 565 hours to complete, spread over 264 days.
After reaching the finishing line Brynn celebrated his achievement at home with a plaque from Ability Shetland and a well-deserved slice of chocolate cake.
You can still donate to Brynn’s challenge by visiting his JustGiving page.
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