This blog is for a very inspirational man.
Paul Smart is 60 years old. He describes himself as having a ‘positive attitude and an adventurous nature’. He is paralysed from the neck down after an injury in 2000. He was treated at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit at the Salisbury District Hospital for 14 months to help him overcome what was an unprecedented and devastating change to his life.
Paul is now a trustee of The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT) that helps fund the equipment needed for people who have suffered such spinal cord injuries, to create greater independence and quality of life.
Paul is endeavouring to complete the 500-mile trek along the Camino De Santiago to raise money for the SSIT. The Camino de Santiago is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.
No doubt this would be a challenge for any able bodied person, but Paul and his team are preparing to set off on the 6th May 2018, aiming to complete the trek within 6 weeks, averaging almost 12 miles per day.
This year the team at the Forest Foot and Health Clinic have decided to donate their ‘secret Santa money’ to a local charity, and were inspired to select The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust, after hearing Paul’s story.
Good luck Paul. The team here at the Forest Foot and Health Clinic wish you all the best with your forthcoming venture.
For more information about Paul Smart and his challenge, the SSIT or you would like to make a donation, please visit the following links: