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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Wheelchair bound man gearing up for Mile at the Mall

Across the length and breadth of the country, people are currently gearing up to do the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March.

But for one man, doing the Mile at the Mall in London will be a truly momentous achievement.

Wheelchair-bound pensioner Alan Oliver, 71, suffered a massive stroke six years ago that left him paralysed down one side of his body, and he was told he’d never walk again.

Having been an active and sporty person growing up, this was devastating news, so Alan was determined to get back on his feet again. He has been doing rehabilitation work twice a week to build his up his strength, but what really gave him a boost was meeting TV personality David Walliams before he did his epic Thames swim for Sport Relief.

Last year, the comedian visited Wandsworth Older People’s forum which uses Sport Relief cash to improve the lives of older people within the borough.

Alan explains: “I used to swim in the Thames when I was a kid so I was willing David on during his challenge.

“His swim was so impressive that it inspired me to crack on with my rehabilitation treatment and I thought, ‘What can I do to help someone else?’

“When I saw an advert for the Sport Relief Mile I thought, ‘I’m going to train for that’. I can’t do the whole mile but my aim was to walk 100 yards which is a long way for me. Now it looks as though I might be able to do 300 to 400 yards.

“I’ve seen some of the great things that Sport Relief has done on the telly and I hope other people feel encouraged to take part in the Sport Relief Mile too.”

Alan may not be able to complete a full Mile on the day, but he’ll give it his best shot and his heroic effort will still be nothing short of a miracle.

Join Alan in taking part in one of hundreds of Sport Relief Mile events happening across the country on Sunday 25th March. There’s a choice of distance – 1, 3 or 6 Miles – so absolutely everyone can be a part of something truly great.
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