Richard Pollins, one of Opcare’s prosthetic patients, recently took on the challenge of walking 40km over four days to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Richard decided he wanted to complete this feat when he turned 40, with a goal of raising £40,000 for MNDA after his mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
Born without legs, it was feared that Richard might never walk. His mother, however, always pushed him to learn how to balance, walk, and navigate stairs – and now Richard walks using specialised prosthetic legs alongside a pair of crutches.
Because of his mother’s unwavering support throughout his life, Richard chose to raise money for MNDA to help fund research which might help others from suffering with the disease.
After undergoing rigorous training and receiving words of support from British athlete Mo Farah, Richard set off from Denmark Hill in South London on 14th March. He was faced with gale-force winds, rain and hail throughout the next four days, but he completed his 40km challenge right on-schedule when he arrived in Woodside Park, North London four days later.
Richard has already smashed his original £40,000 fundraising target, and has currently raised £61,000 for MNDA. If you’d like to give Richard your support, you can donate at his Just Giving page.
Hear Richard talk about his motivation for the walk here, and watch the video below to find out how the challenge went.