Article from the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) website, 14 August 2012.
Wheels for Wings
A former RAF Regiment gunner, who was left wheelchair bound following a motorbike accident, is raising funds for charity by completing a special wheelchair challenge.
Sean Allerton will cover 500 miles in his wheelchair as part of the Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge.
The bulk of the miles will be completed at RAF Church Fenton in the evenings, when he can have use of the airfield and he hopes to raise thousands of pounds for six nominated charities, including the RAF Association.
Sean said: “The Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge is not an organised challenge, it is a personal one for me. I am wheelchair bound and so this challenge is, from the outset, not an easy one.
“At all times I will be pushing myself, with no assistance, in a normal wheelchair. I will not be using a racing chair as seen on marathons and races, it will be one of my chairs that I use daily.
“Being physically and, thanks to all of the chosen charities, now also mentally in a place where I can hopefully give back a little bit, I want to raise awareness and raise money for my chosen charities.
“During the course of the 500 miles, I intend to do at least one 24 hour shift because the RAF are a 24 hour service. In support of the troops currently deployed abroad, I also intend to pull for at least one mile the full weight of kit and equipment that a deployed soldier would carry on patrol”.
His next milestone will be the 200 mile mark as he is currently at 171 miles.
For more information, or to sponsor Sean, go to www.push500.com