Since 2017 Adam Stanton-Wharmby has been raising money for charities by completing a series of wheelchair marathon challenges (Wheel Power Challenges) where he has driven a wheelchair from city to city.
Adam, 38, has cerebral palsy, which in his case means he is unable to walk and has no use of his left arm.
Previous challenges have included the London Marathon route, Birmingham to Manchester and Cheltenham to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, following National Cycle Network routes. He’s now attempting his biggest challenge yet, to try to beat a world record!
During the pandemic his Wheel Power Challenges were postponed, but with restrictions lifted he’s ready for his next marathon, currently planned for March 2023: Land’s End to John O’Groats (#JOGLE). The trip should be completed in approximately 22 days, beating the current world record.
This time he is raising money for Whizz-Kidz, a charity very close to his heart.
Whizz-Kidz is the working name of The Movement for Non-Mobile Children. They work tirelessly to transform the lives of wheelchair users across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults. Adam has volunteered for them as a wheelchair skills trainer, supporting the Ambassador Clubs and Whizz-Kidz camps.
For this specific challenge Adam has had his wheelchair upgraded by some very special engineers. During his last challenge from Cheltenham to Silverstone, a Formula One charity, Grid4Good got in touch with the Mercedes Formula One Team who offered to modify his wheelchair to help him complete his next route. This is the first ever wheelchair to be worked on in this way by a Formula One Team, and Adam is now the excited and proud owner of a purpose made-to-measure wheelchair. (You can read about it here.)
You can find also out more on Adam’s JustGiving page.