Josh Barry

Hi my name is Josh Barry and I have Athetoid Cerebral Palsy which means that messages from my brain get jumbled to the rest of my body meaning that I have a lot of unwanted movements and I'm unable to carry out any physical tasks which require precision. I have always loved a challenge and this year I aim to take on my biggest yet: To climb to the top of a mountain with assisted support from a team of 10 people. I walk with someone behind me giving me support on my upper body while my legs do the work and this system is going to be put to the ultimate test by climbing a mountain. It's going to be the longest I've ever walked which is a mission both for me and the team around me.

What better place for this challenge than Pen y Fan, the highest peak in south Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. At 886 metres above sea-level, it is also the highest British peak south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.

We are also doing this in memory of one of our teams' family members who tragically passed away last year.

Joel Ryan was a well respected Australian soldier from Harvey Bay, Queensland. A special brother to our good friend Sarah who was instrumental to the conception of this challenge and we wanted to use this to honour his life and memory. Although we did not get the opportunity to meet Joel ourselves, by the way he is fondly remembered by both his family and friends it is evident that he was very special to a lot of people.

On a personal note, I would like to dedicate this charity walk to the life and memory of Alice Turner. I first met Alice when I was just a week old in her role as part of the early years advisory team, offering support to families coping with disabled children. Unlike most professionals, Alice always had the ability to see life through the eyes of the child and never judged or criticized. Instead she believed that everyone had something to offer and made it her mission to help children make the most of what they had and more importantly have fun. Tragically she passed away in 2016 leaving a whole generation of disabled children who benefited from her inspirational foresight. So it seems pertinent to dedicate this walk to Alice because without her I wouldn’t be the independent man I am today.

Josh Barry