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Brynn Hauxwell.

AN INTREPID fundraiser from Shetland is planning to attempt to push himself in his wheelchair along the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall trail.

Brynn Hauxwell will take on the north of England in May to raise money for Ability Shetland.

“I will have a support team with me who will help to get me over the stiles and help me with some of the more challenging sections,” the 16-year-old said on his online fundraising page.

“I don’t know if this has ever been attempted in a wheelchair before, but I’m determined to break down those barriers and complete this impossible challenge.”

Yell teenager Brynn, who is autistic and has ADHD, severe asthma and fixed ankle contractures meaning he relies on a wheelchair to get around, is well known for his fundraising challenges.

He covered nearly 1,700 miles in his wheelchair in 2020, while he also wheeled the distance of 16 half-marathons earlier this year.

During the Hadrian’s Wall challenge Brynn will be given accessible accommodation, while his support team will have rooms.

He paid thanks to Northumberland National Park for agreeing to support the challenge and allowing them to be part of the wall’s 1900th birthday celebrations.

Hadrian’s Wall is a Roman defence barricade which has a long-distance footpath running alongside between Wallsend and Bowness-on-Solway.

The wall started being built in 122 AD and in 2022 a series of events are taking place to mark the 1900 years since construction started.

“Ever since I was 12 years old, I have dreamt about completing the Hadrian’s Wall 84-mile trail after seeing some parts of the wall in my wheelchair and visiting some of the museums,” Brynn said.

“I always thought this dream was impossible and people still tell me that it is and that I’m crazy for even thinking about doing it.”

The fundraiser wants to give something back again to Ability Shetland – a charity which has supported him over the years.

Brynn has also volunteered with the organisation at its children’s clubs for over three years.

People can donate to the fundraiser here.