We did it
On 4th February 2020 we successfully raised £4,290 with 54 supporters in 69 days

To provide adventure challenges for disabled people of all abilities and ages starting with a wheelchair adventure race in June 2020

by Laura May in Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any funds raised over the target will enable us to develop future adventure challenges, focusing on specific abilities such as learning disabilities.


Trailblazer is an initiative providing adventure challenges to people of all abilities and ages. The idea came from one of the team realising the potential of the trails around the Cairngorms for off road wheelchair users. After riding the trails as a team, we realised that we could create the UK’s first off road wheelchair race. The ethos behind Trailblazer is to provide adventure challenges that are accessible to everyone. The project is just in its beginnings, we have a route, we have interest and now we require funding. In the long term we will expand in to different adventure challenges for a range of disabilities.

At present there are very few opportunities for disabled people to participate in adventure races that have been designed with their capabilities and aspirations in mind. Trailblazer believes in reverse integration, this means, creating events and races for a specific physical and/or learning impairment that non-disabled team members can also enter. Trailblazer researches routes that will be completely accessible so that every participant can feel reassured that this event is suitable for them. 

Given these statistics, you can see the current lack of provision and opportunity for disabled people to participate in sport.

In a recent survey by Able2Adventure (SmartSurvey; Access to the Outdoors, 2018)

We are a group of four individuals all sharing the same goal of wanting to create accessible adventure races. Gordon McGregor, designs off road wheelchairs through his company Paratreker and has seen the benefits first hand of helping get people into wild country trails. Laura May is a full-time wheelchair user and a member of staff at Able2Adventure who can be found riding trails in her mountain trike up and down the UK. Lynsey Humes, is a freelance expedition leader and event co-ordinator, who has many years of experience working for various adventure race companies in the UK and overseas. Gemma Hendry, is the founder of Able2Adventure, a disability adventure activity company in the Cairngorms. 

As a group we are:

Trailblazer has already planned a wheelchair adventure race for June 6th 2020. We will use the funds from the crowdfunder to run a successful event.

Trialled the wheelchair race in Glenmore Forest with a range of wheelchair      users

Been granted permission by the Landowner for the first race

Allocated a large accessible staging area for everything from registration to a wheelchair demo area and skills course

Gathered photo’s, and created a film showcasing the route and it’s accessibility

Reserved a Mobiloo for June 6th

Created partnerships with off road wheelchair manufacturers to have a space in the staging area

Been offered support from Forestry and Land Scotland and Glenmore Lodge

Developed a network of volunteers as race marshal’s and first aiders

Organised comprehensive race insurance

Completed risk assessments and event management plans

Started planning for other future events, such as race for learning disabilities

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£500 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Gold corporate sponsorship package

*Your company’s logo to be featured on our marketing material. *Mentions on social media and in Press releases as a key supporter. *Invite for up to 4 staff members to be part of a team during the event. Opportunity to participate in an adventure race designed for chair users, giving assistance when needed and experience the benefit and importance of access to outdoor adventure for minority groups, providing a platform for disability awareness.

£10 or more

£10 Gift Certificate

Not sure what to get someone for Christmas? Donate to our cause and we'll send them a gift certificate stating their money has gone towards creating the UK's first wheelchair adventure race.

£15 or more

£15 Gift Certificate

Not sure what to get someone for Christmas? Donate to our cause and we'll send them a gift certificate stating their money has gone towards creating the UK's first wheelchair adventure race.

£20 or more

£20 Gift Certificate

Not sure what to get someone for Christmas? Donate to our cause and we'll send them a gift certificate stating their money has gone towards creating the UK's first wheelchair adventure race.

£30 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Trailblazer T-shirt

Get yourself one of our fantastic trailblazer t-shirts with the logo on the front. T-shirts come in grey.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£50 for Flyer Marketing

Want to reach out to the adventurers in the disability community. We put one of your organisations flyers in the race Goodie Bags.

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Bronze Corporate sponsorship package

*Mentions on social media and in press releases as a key supporter * logo and name to feature on marketing material

£350 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Silver corporate sponsorship package

*Mentions on social media and in Press releases as a key supporter. *Invite for up to 4 staff members to be part of a team during the event. Opportunity to participate in an adventure race designed for chair users, giving assistance when needed and experience the benefit and importance of access to outdoor adventure for minority groups, providing a platform for disability awareness.

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