JAPES, is a social inclusion project that promotes inclusion through participation using a Joëlette. This is a sort of modified wheelchair, powered by a small team of volunteer runners/walkers, to allow anyone with mobility challenges (e.g. those with paraplegia, cerebral palsy, amputees etc.) to experience the thrill, atmosphere and camaraderie of being a participant in organised running events and a range of physical activities.
Our original one-wheeled Joëlette now needs replaced.
On our most recent JAPE we aimed to take a wheelchair user to the top of Ben Nevis. Just beneath 4000 feet a vital hinge sheared. We were able to make suitable repair to get everyone back down safely, but it hindered our progress to the absolute top.
Whilst the newly repaired and refurbished Joëlette is safe to use on our regular activities (running and trail-walking), a new Joëlette is needed for our more physically challenging inclusion projects.
To date we have taken wheelchair users, with our Joëlette, to the top of Ben Lomond, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis. We want to continue these more demanding endeavours so that everyone may enjoy the thrill of the ascent - and descent!
Every donation will take us one step closer to out goal.