Last Wednesday evening, the Equal Adventure (EA) team attended a presentation in Aviemore delivered by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Sir Ranulph has been described as “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer” by The Guinness Book of Records. Over the years, he has made many great achievements, such as climbing Mount Everest, raising £2 million for the British Heart Foundation.
Equal Adventure Charity were selected by Sir Ranulph to be the nominated charity for the evening, with all donations being contributed to our Adventure Mentors’ and Adventure Technicians’ Programme with Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel. This programme focuses on getting WIS (ex) service personnel back into the workplace.
The relationship between EA and Sir Ranulph began when Sir Ranulph amputated his own frost bitten fingers over twenty years ago. Sir Ranulph approached EA’s director, Suresh Paul, to create a product that would aid him in his expeditions. Suresh designed and produced a bespoke paddle to assist with kayaking. Since this project, Suresh has been inspired to create an adaptive hand grip for people with limited hand function, the Fist. EA’s Fist is their most recent adaptive hand grip and can be found here.
On Thursday afternoon, Sir Ranulph and guests visited The Old Dairy, where they were given a tour of the premises and shown EA products along with current projects. In addition to this, the group were shown the recently completed “Equal Adventure Inspire Resource Centre”.
The Equal Adventure Inspire Resource Centre will home EA Charity’s Adventure Mentors’ and Technicans’ Programme. EA’s Adventure Mentors will be field-based, leading and/or coaching inclusive groups with disabled people. The Adventure Technicians will be workshop based, having input into the design and manufacturing of inclusive equipment for use with disabled people.
During Sir Ranulph’s visit, he generously agreed for us to take a mould of his hand, which will later be displayed in the Equal Adventure Inspire Resource Centre, to represent the inspiration Sir Ranulph gave Suresh all those years ago.
If you are interested in getting involved in EA Charity’s Adventure Mentors’ or Adventure Technicians’ Programme, or supporting EA Charity in some way, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01479 861200.