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Norman Croucher (OBE) is the acclaimed mountain climber who, despite having two below the knee artificial legs, set out to climb just one of the world’s 14 mountains which exceed 8,000 metres (about 26,250 feet) or as he put it “join the 5-mile high club”. His goal truly was a near impossible dream.
Alongside such people as round-the-world yachtsman Chay Blyth, the World Motor Racing Champion Jackie Stewart and athletics champion Brendan Foster, Norman has twice been chosen as Man of the Year. He has been the subject of a “This is Your Life” programme and received a OBE for his voluntary work for disabled people. He was the first disabled person to be appointed to the Sports Council.
Norman is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow. With Falklands veteran Simon Weston, he received a special “Men of the Years” award for continued achievement in celebration of the scheme’s thirtieth anniversary.
One of Norman’s most exciting recent adventures was a tandem paragliding flight in the Lake District, which he described as the most thrilling experience he has ever had. The flight was filmed as part of a profile of Norman for BBC Inside Out. A clip from the film is available here.
Norman has also been involved with the Alpine Club’s Spirit of Mountaineering Initiative and with developing sports for the disabled, through the Sports Council.
In aid of Multiple Sclerosis Trust (MS) Charity, enjoy a meal as you listen to the amazing Norman Croucher describes how his condition has not prevented his adventures.
The Charity Event has been organized by Temporary Chief Superintendent Geoff Wessell. About 25 Years ago Geoff first met Norman when they climbed South America together, immediately finding him an inspiring and funny man, both been very good friends since.
Norman brings a unique philosophical perspective to overcoming adversity and finds the funny side of everything – including his recent brush with cancer.
I asked Geoff why he organised this event, he replied:
I run for the MSTrust as my wife has MS and the Trust are brilliant. Last year running the London Marathon I raised over £6400 and hope to beat this year.
Should you wish to contribute to the MS Trust who are so fantastically supporting literally life changing research you can do so via Geoff Wessell VirginMoney giving site: virginmoney giving site for Geoff
23 Jan 2016 Leave a comment
Life is funny isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, just when you finally begin to plan ‘Life’ feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change, the signs change, the wind blows the other way, north is suddenly south, and east is west, and you’re lost. It is so easy to lose your way, to lose direction. You do what ‘Life’ expects of you – but once you open that tourist information book about your Journey the next chapter changes, leaving you confused, what to do next … or to just carry on, for the adventure of something different.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard