Wheelchair Walking A Marathon

By Joey Paul

I’m wheelchair walking in memory of Becky Giles

Becky and I were friends through her blog because of a shared diagnosis of severe brittle asthma, and many other things including a shared love of cats. She and I went through lots of hospital admissions and times when we needed to support the other through Facebook messages.

Becky died in August 2023, and I would like to raise money for Asthma+Lung UK in her memory. To do this I’ll be doing wheelchair walks around my local park over the month of April 2024, which was Becky’s birthday month. I am unable to do long distance in one stretch, but making up the km, the length of a marathon, in smaller chunks is doable for me.

I’d like to raise money for people like Becky and myself, who have found Asthma+Lung UK a great support and resource while living with severe lung conditions.

My Achievements

My Updates

Just over a month to go!

Monday 19th Feb
I’ve been doing my wheelchair walks three times a week, and with just over a month to go, I feel like I’m ready for this challenge. I plan to have B (my carer and best friend) take videos and photos along the way and will be sharing here, and to my socials. If you want to follow along there, I’m @authorjoeypaul on instagram! Thank you for the massive outpouring of support in Becky’s memory!

Why wheelchair walking a marathon?

Thursday 18th Jan
I, like Becky, have severe brittle asthma and have been a full time wheelchair user for over a decade. There was no chance of me having the breath to be able to do an actual marathon even wheeling it. I started the wheelchair walks at the start of 2023, and Becky helped cheer me on.

I felt like there was always going to be something I’d want to do in her memory. Losing her came as a massive shock, and even knowing how sick she was with not just asthma but many other conditions, it still was devastating to all of us who knew, cared, and loved Becky.

This felt like a way for me to do something that might make a difference. Both of us have benefited from Asthma+Lung UK and it made sense to try and raise money for them with this massive thing ahead of me.

For those who don’t know I’m Joey, I’m 42, and also have a myriad of conditions alongside my asthma. I knew Becky for over 10 years and felt a kinship with her because of our shared experiences. This felt like a way for me to honour her memory and make a change for people needing the help of the charity.

I would love to meet and exceed the goal, but for now I just would like to reach it. I’ll be starting my challenge on April 1st and going through until the 30th, though hopefully I’ll have reached the distance before then.

Thanks for any and all donations.

Thank you to my Sponsors

£63

Sylvia Wilson

£23.10

Mary Crane

£22

Emma Soares

Go Joey!

£21

Damian Clancy

£20

Anonymous

Good Luck Joey!

£14.70

Vicky Kelly

£14.70

Rachel Wheeler

Wishing you the best of luck, Joey! A cause dear to my heart as myself, my daughter, and many in my family have/had lived with asthma. A wonderful thing to do in memory of your friend Becky.

£10.50

Joey Paul

£10.50

Emma Newman

Lovely tribute to your friend. Good luck with your challenge

£8

Denise

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