How far will she go? Arun District Council’s chairman takes on a 24-hour wheelchair marathon

Arun District Council’s chairman hasn’t let her disability get in the way of raising money for charity.

Despite breaking her spine in a cycling accident in 2015, leaving her without the use of her legs, Yapton mum Amanda Worne has been raising money this year for children’s disability charity PACSO.

Amanda’s final challenge on Sunday, May 16, is a 24-hour wheelchair marathon – to see just how far she can go.

Starting at 7.30am on Sunday at Hotham Park, she’ll wheel all day and night, ending the challenge on Monday morning.

Bognor Prom 10k Run. Wheelchair race - Amanda WorneAmanda Worne taking part in the Bognor Promm 10k wheelchair race in 2019. Picture: Liz Pearce

Amanda’s training has been going well, with miles clocked up campaigning for a seat on West Sussex County Council.

She would welcome support in Hotham Park and later on Marina Drive for the challenge.

So far this year, Amanda has raised more than £1,000 towards supporting children and young people with a disability in Arun and Chichester.

PACSO (Parents and Carers Support Organisation) has provided help and encouragement to families in the Chichester and Arun districts who have a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities since 1999.

PACSO provides a wide range of play and social activities for children with additional needs and their siblings, and offers much needed respite for their parents/carers.

Amanda knows what it is like to face challenges, and has enjoyed meeting the children PACSO supports.

“PACSO brings children out of their shells and gets them to try new things,” she said.

“It gives them independence without family around them and helps them to grow.

“It’s a really lovely charity and a really good thing to support.”

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