Paralysed Uckfield man to climb Snowdon for charity

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A FRAMFIELD man who was paralysed when he swerved to avoid a badger in the road is to climb Mount Snowdon. Bazza West was injured in 1996 at the age of 19 but is determined to conquer the 3,500-high peak to support the vital work of spinal cord injury charity Back Up.

In The Snowdon Push on July 7 each team, consisting of one spinal cord injured individual and between 10-15 teammates, must raise at least £2,000 aiming at more than £40,000 for Back Up. Participants will walk, climb, push, pull or do whatever it takes to reach the summit and get back down. For some the aim will be to complete the event in the quickest time possible. For others it is about overcoming personal challenges. Bazza and his team of Westy’s Warriors said: “When you’ve been told you’ll never walk again, reaching the top of the highest mountain in England and Wales seems like a hopeless dream. Back Up’s Snowdon Push shows everyone that life doesn’t have to stop if you’re paralysed.If it wasn’t for Back Up, I don’t know where I would be. This is my way of giving something back.”

Teams start at intervals along a planned route and it takes around three to eight hours to complete the round trip. The route will be well supervised with professional mountain leaders from Up4itOutdoors operating checkpoints along the way and at the summit.

Bazza was born in Uckfield and is a man of many talents. His mouth paintings were displayed at Maresfield’s Arts and Crafts Festival this May. Go to: ww.justgiving.com/snowdonpush2012