Tim & Elliott's Camino 500 Mile Challenge
Why I am doing this mad 500 mile challenge
It is with incredible sadness I have to announce that Tim passed away on 3 November 2019 following an emergency operation.
He was so excited about taking on this challenge with Elliott and focussed on working towards his goal.
Tim's son, Fenn, and his nephew, Charlie, have decided to continue Tim's challenge and will walk the route Tim was planning to take starting in September 2020, to support the four charities which were so dear to Tim.
I do hope that anyone who was planning on supporting Tim will continue to support Fenn and Charlie in their wonderful tribute to an amazing man.
Since my accident so many people have shown me so much kindness, given me so much support, help, guidance, given me their time, but most of all their love. Now it is my turn to show them how thankful I am by giving something back so I may help others.
Back Up gave me my life back
Canine Partners let me live it
Mariners of Bewl and Canterbury Hellfire Wheelchair Rugby Club allow me to enjoy it
History of the Camino
Mystery, legend and colourful myths are all part of the history of the Camino.
According to the official history of the pilgrimage, the body of Saint James the Apostle, son of Zebedee and brother of John the Evangelist, was discovered by a shepherd named Pelayo in a field in Galicia during the reign of King Alfonso II, back in the 9th century. The Apostle gives the route its name: Camino de Santiago means the Way of Saint James; Santiago or Sant Iago meaning Saint James.
Saint James had died some 800 years earlier and according to legend transported to Galicia (to the town of Iria Flavia, today’s Padron, on the Camino Portugues) by two disciples in a boat led by angels. Somehow his body was then buried in a field not far from there; where it would be discovered a few centuries later.
Informed about this important discovery, King Alfonso II had a small chapel built in this holy place and would later commission a larger temple to attract pilgrims from all over the world, competing with other important religious centres of pilgrimage such as Jerusalem and Rome. Of course at this point in time, religious buildings across Europe were busy competing for the best relics, as a way of attracting pilgrims, and the relics of Saint James would transform Santiago de Compostela into one of the world’s most important pilgrimage destinations.
All about me and why
My story and why I am doing this insane challenge for The Back Up Trust, Canine Partners, Mariners of Bewl and Canterbury Hellfire Wheelchair Rugby Club
My name is Tim Scott and my Canine Partner is Elliott.
On 19 July 2009 I was involved in an RTA which left me wheelchair bound. I broke my neck between C6-7, I now have 2 metal rings joined together by rods holding my head on. I also broke a further 9 vertebrae, some ribs, punctured both lungs, broken sternum and smashed my pelvis.
At that moment my life changed forever. But I was still alive and as they say, life goes on.
I am now a Tetraplegic and live my life in a wheelchair.
Since then it has been a roller coaster ride with good days and bad days.
In total I spent 10 months in hospital, and when I was finally let out I came back to a rented house with my loving wife and son as our home wasn’t accessible.
However, the first 6 months were hell, unable to get out of the house on my own, nothing to do with a PA who also knew nothing about spinal cord injury.
Then a wonderful organisation called the Back Up Trust came to my rescue. They are a fantastic charity who inspire people affected by spinal cord injury to transform their lives, and challenge perceptions of disability. They deliver services that build confidence and independence and offer a supportive network allowing people to get the most out of life.
In 2010 I went on my first Back Up course to the Lake District with 6 other people and I can honestly say it changed my life from then on, just ask my wife. The true costs of sending a person on a Multi Activity Course is £3,200.
Since then I have become a volunteer group leader, wheelchair skills instructor and an outreach and support worker. My wife has also joined the Back Up Team, she is a volunteer family mentor supporting wives and partners of people that have a spinal cord injury, and she has also just become a group leader.
Please help me, help 7 people by raising £22,400
While I was in rehab at Stoke Mandeville I was introduced to Canine Partners.
They are a charity that use highly trained dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities, to give them more independence and a better quality of life.
In 2012, after a short stay back at Stoke Mandeville I saw a lady with a canine partner and after chatting for some time, decided I would apply for one. There is a waiting list and great care is taken to make sure that the right dog is matched to the person applying. After 3 years I was matched with Elliott and he was actually the fifth dog that was selected as a possible partner for me. For a variety of reasons the first four dogs weren’t suitable (from not liking cats (and we have 3 at home) and timing not being right to one unfortunately going lame during its training).
I attended the training centre for 2 weeks where Elliott and I learnt together how to work with each other and our partnership began. Elliott is amazing, he helps me every day with physical tasks I find difficult but also lifts my mood if I am feeling low. He seems to know instinctively if I am down and climbs up on my lap for a cuddle. He comes everywhere with me, from Back Up courses and sailing (he has his own life jacket) to wheelchair rugby training and league weekends.
From conception to retirement it costs £20,000 for a Canine Partner.
I want to give someone else a better quality of life.
Please help me raise the £20,000.
With my newfound zest for life I joined Mariners of Bewl, a sailing club that offers integrated sailing for people with physical disabilities and able bodied combined, based at Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent.
I sailed before my accident and wanted to see if I could again. I was welcomed with open arms to a group of fantastic, friendly and fun loving like minded sailors. Over the years I have been put through my paces and with help, guidance and support have become a better sailor and have competed in various regattas. I am now on the committee helping others onto the water to show how anything is possible if you have the right knowledge, support and equipment.
We need a new boat, an RS Venture Connect SCS (www.rssailing.com), £26,200 will buy one equipped with servo assisted sip & puff controls, allowing the more severely physically disabled onto the water.
Please help me raise £26,200.
In 2014 I joined Canterbury Hellfire Wheelchair Rugby Club. Having first seen wheelchair rugby when I was still in Stoke Mandeville, watching a film called ‘Murderball’ and again during the 2012 London Paralympics, I knew this was the team sport for me. Canterbury Rugby Club are the nearest club to me, so in 2014 I joined. We went from Division 3 in our first season to now playing in Division 1, including National and International events.
Canterbury Rugby Club are passionate about offering rugby to every age, sex and ability, they have mini’s, juniors, ladies, mens and wheelchair rugby, with the only exception being a junior wheelchair rugby team. A rugby wheelchair cost £2,500 and we need eight to make a team.
Please help me raise £20,000.
Back Up gave me my life back, Canine Partners helped me to live it, Mariners of Bewl and Canterbury Hellfire let me enjoy it.
So please help me raise £88,600 to change some lives forever.
Back Up exists to transform the lives of everyone affected by spinal cord injury.
That means delivering a range of services to build confidence and independence back into people’s lives, and offering a support network when it is needed most. It also means challenging perceptions of disability – that life with spinal cord injury can be a full and active one. Many of our volunteer and staff team have been affected by spinal cord injury, and have a strong understanding of the challenges an injury can pose. We support over 1,000 people a year – of all ages and injury levels – to lead the life they want. We are there at every stage, and we are there for families and loved ones too.
Our outreach team deliver vital wheelchair skills training in hospitals and spinal centres, and contact people once they return home, offering an understanding ear and practical advice. Our residential courses help people with a spinal cord injury build confidence, give them a supportive network and opportunities to learn life skills that allow them to be as independent as possible. Our Back Up to Work course and education inclusion service support people as they find their way back to work and education. Our mentoring service matches people with a spinal cord injury and their family members with someone who has been through the same situation. Back Up are there to listen on a regular basis and help people move forwards with their lives.
Canine Partners is a registered charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. Our amazing dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship and practical help with everyday household tasks. These life-changing dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.
We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations from the public and legacies to help us continue our life-transforming work.
Mariners of Bewl was founded in April 1988 by Richard Hayden and Jenny Humm. It is a club that creates opportunities for integrated sailing for people with physical disabilities and the able bodied. As we do not have dedicated helpers or volunteers every member plays an active part in all aspects of the sport enabling us all to have fun and enjoy sailing together.
Wheelchair rugby, formally known as 'Murderball' is a team sport played by athletes with a physical disability. It is a sport like no other and has elements from a number of different sports including Basketball, Handball and Ice Hockey. It is a contact sport and physical contact between rugby chairs is an integral part of the game. It is played by two teams of up to 12 players but only four players from each team may be on the court at any one time. It is a mixed gender sport and both male and female athletes play on the same teams.
Road to Santiago
Photo by Rochelle Picton