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Weʼre raising £15,000 to help William Bennett regain his independence after a tragic accident

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We are going to do HIIT (high intensity interval training) for 12 hours to raise money for a cause extremely close to our hearts. Will is a friend to many Dawn Breakers and after a terrible accident, he has been left permanently paralysed from the waist down. Being active, fit individuals ourselves, the thought of having your abilities and Independence stripped from you is something that none of us can bear to even think about, so we are going to do everything we can to help Will reach his target of £50,000 to purchase an adapted van and all-terrain wheelchair so that he can once again have the Independence we all take for granted.

A bit about Will

Will served with the Queens Royal Hussars achieving a rank of Lance Corporal from 2008-2013, as a Tank Driver, then later as a Radio Operator. During a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Will was blown up by an IED, fortunately escaping with minor injuries. During his time in the forces, Will – true to his nature – took part in a variety of sports and activities including; sky diving, cross country running and hockey for his regiment. When he left the forces he was inspired to take up rock climbing.

In 2014, Will moved to Bristol to pursue his love of music and adventure; and quickly joined the Bristol rock climbing scene. He climbed in many locations all over England, Wales and France. When he was younger he also took part in downhill riding and was starting to rebuild his bike in March 2017 before his accident.

Throughout all that has happened to him, Will remains positive and full of life, and has shown incredible strength during each stage of his recovery. At the age of 26 Will’s future has been made so much more difficult; but he continues to inspire all those he meets with his determination and optimism for an independent future. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting him, you’ll know how caring, friendly and funny he is. He intends to make the most of what he has; a second chance at life.

He hopes to return to Bristol in early 2018, after he’s finished his rehabilitation in Salisbury, in order to remain close to his girlfriend, sister and his many friends. He is determined to participate in the Paralympic Games and represent England in the bouldering climbing discipline.

In order for Will to maintain a high level of independence and the active lifestyle he loves so much, he needs access to a van he can drive, and a wheelchair that can keep up with his ambitions for an active outdoor lifestyle. Providing him with these facilities will allow him to join friends on adventures like he did before.

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    • David W.

      David W.

      Aug 16, 2018

      Good luck Andrea.


    • Andrew Blunt

      Andrew Blunt

      Aug 16, 2018


    • Jack Rogers

      Jack Rogers

      Aug 15, 2018


    • M MILLAM

      M MILLAM

      Aug 15, 2018

      Good luck James!!! x


    • Julie Norris

      Julie Norris

      Aug 15, 2018

      Go James! Best of luck, mad bloke!


    • Sally Chipping

      Sally Chipping

      Aug 14, 2018

      Good luck James


    • Richard Noyes

      Richard Noyes

      Aug 13, 2018


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