Andy, one of our autistic adults living in our specialist residential home in Beaminster, has set himself the challenge of climbing three mini peaks in West Dorset to raise money for our Move More in May fundraiser.
At the end of the month, Andy will scale Allington Hill, Colmers Hill and England’s only natural World Heritage Site, Golden Cap, totalling 1,326 ft, which is higher than The Shard in London, but not quite as high as the Empire State Building in New York.
Since the first lockdown began in March 2020, Andy has discovered a new passion for walking and often embarks on long hikes with his key worker, Buster. To date, they’ve walked over 50 miles together all over Dorset and Somerset, armed with a camping stove to make hot drinks and sausages when it’s time for a short rest.
Clive Webb, aka, Buster, Andy’s key worker, said: “Andy loves being occupied and is very active, so soon after lockdown began, we found our walks getting longer and longer until one day, we realised we had walked about 12 miles, which I found aspects of very challenging! We’ve now completed seven very different hikes and thought our own version of the Three Peaks challenge would be great for Move More in May.”
The pair are set to take on the challenge on May 26.
Buster added: “Andy is full of energy and sometime needs to burn off this energy. The walks have been positive for him as he can release some of this energy, not only physically, but verbally too. I’ve also enjoyed the experience and often take a radio or sing with Andy and as we are usually miles from anywhere or anyone, so it doesn't matter what noise we make.
“We’re both really looking forward to completing this new challenge and hoping to raise some money for the organisation which has supported him for almost 25 years!”
Andy has been supported by Autism Wessex since 1997 and is now 44. When he’s not watching films, building Lego and colouring, he loves to be active and will often indicate that he wants to go on a walk using delayed echolalia and repeating back Buster’s name to staff.
You can support Andy and Buster by donating via their Just Giving page here.
We can’t wait to hear all about the big adventure!