Disabled Paul crawls up Snowdon to raise money for amputees.


Disabled Paul crawls up Snowdon to raise money for amputees.

To raise money for children who have lost limbs, a man who has had both legs amputated crawled 13 hours to the summit of Snowdon, experiencing blisters and wrist agony.

Paul Ellis, 56, walked the nine-mile path to the summit of Wales’ tallest mountain wearing gardening gloves and knee protectors.

To reach the 3,560ft summit, he stated he was “made up.” Paul said, “I truly enjoyed it, it was a nice day.”

“It took me almost three hours to complete the first three miles. I probably spent more than nine hours on the last two miles.”

Paul completed the crawl to raise money for Amp Camp, a nonprofit that takes amputee youngsters on vacation.

“I have blisters on my stumps and blisters on my hands,” he explained. Because you constantly put your wrist down, my wrists became extremely sore.

“However, having all of the people on the mountain cheering you on and screaming, ‘Come on, you can do it,’ encourages you to keep going. People are incredibly generous; I ran out of water twice and was given food and water.”

A fall in 1992 left the father of two from Widnes, Cheshire, with a spinal injury that left him in excruciating pain and unable to stand for more than a few minutes at a time. To obtain more movement, he had his legs amputated below the knee in 2008. He described it as “amazing.”

“I went from barely being able to walk at all to climbing mountains,” he continued. You only lose a limb; you don’t lose your life.”

He stayed the night at the summit of Snowdon before descending on Saturday.

He also climbed Ben Nevis with a group of ten other amputees this month, raising more than £3,000 so far.

Amp Camp members carried his prosthetic legs up to him and then assisted him in walking back down.

Six children and their families will go to Tenerife in February as part of the first Kids Amp Camp, which aims to improve fitness and confidence after an amputation.


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