Peter Smorthit

Peter's Lands End To John o' Groats WR Push in an Everyday Wheelchair page

Fundraising for Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D.)
raised of £1,000 target
by 67 supporters
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We enable disabled people to train life changing assistance dogs


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This is the fundraiser for the Lands End to John o Groats World Record push I'll be embarking on in my everyday wheelchair starting the 10th March 2020 for the brilliant charity Dog A.I.D (Assistance In Disability). I'll be pushing the entire 967 miles solo by road in my day chair and if I pull it off I'll be the first person ever to do it in an everyday wheelchair and the first complete paraplegic to do it too. I'm also challenging the existing LEJOG record of 20 days set in a race chair back in 2016 using the same route with just my day chair. Three World Record attempts in one!

A bit about me, My name is Peter Smorthit. I'm a 28 year old T10 complete paraplegic and have been a full time wheelchair user for the past 9 years. I was involved in a scaffold collapse while working on a building site as an electrician back in January 2011 age 19, which severed my spinal cord and left me paralysed at T10 Spinal Level. I also sustained a secondary spinal injury at T4/5 as well. Spent the next 7 months in a Spinal unit and was told I'd never walk again. The first 8 weeks of that was spent in a medically induced coma and battled sepsis during my time there as well. I've also since had 2 full on strokes but won't let that or any of the other complications I have stop me and continue to live an active life to the fullest I can. Helping out great causes like Dog A.I.D along the way too with my marathons, Triathlons and crazy challenges like this one.

The work Dog A.I.D (Assistance In Disability) do is absolutely outstanding. They work with disabled people alongside their existing pet Dog and give them the necessary skills to become lifesaving assistance dogs. Not only does the work they do provide a vital lifeline to so many severely disabled people, it also helps them maintain their independence and be able to do the everyday tasks you and I take for granted with the help of an assistance dog at their side. It often keeps them out of hospital too. Without charities like Dog A.I.D a lot of disabled people would be in and out of hospital a lot more, be completely reliant on carers 24/7 for even the simplest of tasks and many probably wouldn't be here with us today. Not only can these amazing dogs alert their owner to a possible medical issue, they can bring medication and call for help if the owner is in trouble. All of which and more assistance dogs do day in day out to keep their owners alive. Unlike most guide dog charities they pair you with a dedicated trainer and work with you and your dog regardless of breed or age. Being disabled myself I appreciate all the work Dog A.I.D do to help severely disabled people remain independent with the use of assistance dogs and it's definitely something that strikes a chord with me and hold close to my heart. I'm doing this Lands End To John o Groats push for Dog A.I.D this march to say a massive thanks for all the amazing work they do, to raise awareness of the importance of assistance dogs and to highlight just how vital they are to the lives of disabled people. I'm also hoping with this challenge I can raise funds to enable them to continue to help and improve the lives of many more disabled people with the use of Assistance Dogs

About the charity

Dog A.I.D. changes lives by enabling physically disabled people across the UK to train their own pets to become qualified assistance dogs, supported by volunteer trainers. These dogs increase independence by helping with practical tasks, building confidence, reducing isolation and the need for care.

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