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Brynn Hauxwell.

A TEENAGER from Yell is celebrating – and taking a well earned rest – after becoming the first person to cover the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall trail in a wheelchair.

Brynn Hauxwell took on the 10 day challenge to raise money for local charity Ability Shetland.

He took ten days to complete the route, and finished it on Sunday – calling the experience a “rollercoaster”.

His online fundraising page shows that he has raised nearly £10,000 for Ability Shetland so far – a charity which has helped him in the past.

The teenager has diagnosis of autism, ADHD and severe asthma, while he also has fixed ankle contractures which means he relies on a wheelchair to get around.

Brynn was helped along the Hadrian’s Wall trail in northern England by a support team. There were plenty of physical obstacles across the way, including a number of stiles, while half way through the weather took a turn.

But the fundraiser said he hoped the Hadrian’s Wall challenge will inspire other people to visit areas that initially may not look accessible.

During the trek Brynn was also invited to take part in a platinum jubilee beacon-lighting ceremony.

He explained that in 2019 Ability Shetland “helped me to rediscover the great outdoors and also my freedom” by giving him the chance to use an all-terrain mountain trike wheelchair.

Brynn now has his own active wheelchair.

The inspirational teenager is no stranger to taking on big challenges; a few years ago he covered nearly 1,700 miles on his wheelchair – the equivalent length of the Shetland coastline – to raise money for Ability Shetland.