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£6,189
raised of £5,000 target by 180 supporters

    Weʼve raised £6,189 to donate to MAGPAS Air Ambulance, The Scuba Trust & Stoney Cove Dive Centre by attempting THREE new World Records!

    Grantham, Lincolnshire
    Funded on Friday, 13th January 2023

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    Wheelsdan is Attempting THREE New World Records to Raise Money For MAGPAS Air Ambulance, The Scuba Trust & Stoney Cove Dive Centre!

    About Wheelsdan...

    Dan was paralysed in a motorcycle accident in June 2014. After fixation of his spine, he was left a T8 complete paraplegic (from the bellybutton down), so he has no core/trunk muscles or use of his legs.

    After his time recovering in hospital, Dan developed a new passion for handcycling and progressed to 5th in the UK! Unfortunately in June 2018, Dan was involved in a second crash, when a car hit him while he was taking part in a 600 mile charity bike ride. This left him with a compression at C4 in his neck.

    Despite these two lifechanging accidents, Dan continues to take part in lots of charity events, trying to give back to those who have helped him over the years. Dan enjoys nothing more than breaking barriers and proving that there should be no boundaries when it comes to people with disabilities taking part in sport... or anything else for that matter!

    A New Challenge...

    Not one, not two, but THREE scheduled new World Records to take place on 28th September 2022!

    Dan has been a scuba diver for 4 years now and has worked his way up to the position of Assistant Instructor! Dan has set himself the new challenge of completing the three below World Record attempts without surfacing...

    1. ‘Fastest one mile SCUBA diving in fresh open water with a swimming band’ (the swimming band will be secured around Dan's legs to ensure no movement)

    2. ‘Fastest one mile SCUBA diving in fresh open water – MP2’ (MP2 stands for ‘Muscle Paralysis 2’ and is Dan’s disability category)

    3. ‘Greatest distance SCUBA diving in fresh open water – MP2’

    It's estimated that Dan will be swimming with his arms only for around 6 hours! Dan is hoping that he will set all three new World Records, but more importantly, that he can raise a significant amount of money for charity along the way.

    Updates on Dan's progress will be uploaded onto this page and documented on his YouTube channel here: Wheelsdan YouTube Channel

    The Team...

    Dan is already receiving support from an incredible group of people, who are helping to make this challenge possible. So far Northern Diver International, Midlands Diving Chamber, Nammu-Tech, Kent Tooling, Miflex Hoses, XDEEP, Mares, Castle Surveys Ltd and Stoney Cove Dive Centre have all offered assistance in some way to help Dan achieve his goal.

    Dan is also hoping that the BBC, Spinal Research and Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) will help him to publicise this challenge, with the aim of raising as much money as possible!

    Who Is The Event In Aid Of?

    The aim of the event isn't just to attempt a new World Record, that's hopefully just part of it! Dan's primary goal is to raise money for 3 incredible organisations - MAGPAS Air Ambulance, The Scuba Trust & Stoney Cove Dive Centre.

    Why MAGPAS Air Ambulance?

    MAGPAS Air Ambulance attended the scene of Dan's motorcycle accident in 2014. Without them, it is unlikely that Dan would be alive today. The service operates 24/7 and since 1971, they have treated over 60,000 patients. MAGPAS Air Ambulance is not a state-funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives.

    Why The Scuba Trust?

    The Scuba Trust has been a registered Charity for over 21 years and is run entirely by dedicated and experienced volunteers. During this time they have supported many people with a wide range of disabilities, including; Paraplegics, Quadriplegics, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Autistic and Amputees to scuba dive. Weightless and relaxed, freedom from a wheelchair or mobility aid, divers can for a short while forget the world above water. This can be a massive benefit from PTSD, anxiety and many other mental health issues.

    After his second accident, Dan had to deal with mental health issues such as PTSD and depression. Without scuba diving in his life, Dan doesn't like to think what might of happened to him, but knows that, after MAGPAS, it was his second life saver.

    Why Stoney Cove Dive Centre?

    Stoney Cove is an awesome place to train and dive at all scuba diving levels. The facilities are brilliant for able bodied people, however they're not so great for their disabled buddies. Dan is looking to help change that and would love to donate some of the money raised towards disabled changing facilities being built.

    How Can You Help?

    Dan would love for this event and fundraising challenge to go as far and wide as possible, so please share with your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours - whoever you can!

    As Dan's main aim is to raise as much money as possible for these three worthy organisations, any donation, no matter how big or small, would be so gratefully received.

    You can find more information on each of the organisations via the links below:

    MAGPAS Air Ambulance

    The Scuba Trust

    Stoney Cove Dive Centre

    Thank you!

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    • Dan Metcalfe3 months ago
      Dan Metcalfe

      Dan Metcalfe

      3 months ago

      Thank you so much for your support I really appreciate all your help with this amazing challenge and setting 3 new world records im still sorting the evidence with the team then we will be official Guinness world record holders !!!! Thanks again x

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    • Dan Metcalfe6 months ago
      Dan Metcalfe

      Dan Metcalfe

      6 months ago

      WE DID IT !!!! Now we need your support to smash the 5k target like we smashed the world records!! Please give as much as you can to support these awesome organisations you never know when you may need the MAGPAS air ambulance.. I'm sure you already know someone disabled that may benefit from scuba diving with the SCUBA TRUST and where else to learn than one of the best inland dive sites than STONEY COVE ... Our official figures are 1mile = 1h28! Longest distance = 5,246m In 5h 32min!

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    • Dan Metcalfe10 months ago
      Dan Metcalfe

      Dan Metcalfe

      10 months ago

      Hey everyone awesome work at getting this to £1000 ! Thank you so much please can you help by spreading the word everywhere. The more that see this page the sponsors I will get . Also if you have any spare time to help or have any ideas to get that much needed boost please contact me thank you so much.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 4, 2023

    • Jack Rendall

      Jack Rendall

      Nov 28, 2022

      Well done on such Inspirational achievements and congratulations raising so much for some amazing charities 👏

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 26, 2022

    • Jon Hauser

      Jon Hauser

      Nov 8, 2022

      Cracking effort Dan - I heard about how much training you put in the background. Great charity too!

      £50.00

    • Viv C & Little Bev!

      Viv C & Little Bev!

      Oct 30, 2022

      £30.00

    • Ed Parker

      Ed Parker

      Oct 20, 2022

      Great job Dan!

      £40.00

    • Helen and Phil

      Helen and Phil

      Oct 6, 2022

      Clare told us about your challenge…amazing!!! Wanted to support such a great endeavour.

      £30.00

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