Asher Jenkin Jones was diagnosed with three brain tumours when he was just 10 months old, and as a result underwent major surgery and a three year stint of chemotherapy. The tumours left Asher with severe visual impairment, but it is not something that Asher let’s get in the way and he leads an extremely active life, enjoying sports like judo, goalball, skiing and stand up paddleboarding. This July, inspirational Asher is planning to undertake a three mile solo SUP paddle from Caldey Island to Tenby Harbour to raise money for the RNIB, the Childrens Brain Tumour Research Centre and the RNLI.
According to Asher’s official Facebook page, after a week of paddleboarding on a family holiday in Wales last summer, Asher hatched his fundraising plan to “let people know that disabled children can do anything” and “not to underestimate what disabled people can do”. Pretty admirable considering his age, his visual impairment and the enormity of the challenge ahead.
Asher is currently hard at work, putting in plenty of practise notching up plenty of training sessions and gathering sponsorship and support for his challenge. At time of writing Asher is nearly a third of the way to his £3000 fundraising target and has secured sponsorship from Origin Paddleboards, Honda Power, HUUB Design and has been receiving coaching tips from the team at the National Water Sport Centre in Nottingham.
You can follow Asher’s progress at his Facebook page and can pledge your sponsorship at his official fundraising page here. We would like to wish Asher every success in his challenge, feel free to leave your message of support below.
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