Breaking Down Boundaries with Brynn
1924. Brynn Hauxwell
Brynn Hauxwell, from Shetland, aged 17, has been taking up long-distance wheelchair challenges since 2020 to fundraise for ‘Ability Shetland’, the charity which has helped changed his life and supported him in his love for getting outdoors.
Brynn, who is autistic, has ADHD, severe asthma and fixed ankle contractures, and relies on a wheelchair to get around, wanted to give back to the charity and decided in 2020, during the pandemic, to push himself 1,679 miles, marking the equivalent length of Shetland’s coastline. Following this, he wheeled the distance of 16-half marathons in May 2021, and this year his latest challenge has been to travel the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Trail. Alongside his fundraising, Brynn hopes through his challenges and social media to showcase ability and promote inclusivity, particularly in sport.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive this award. I have been fundraising by completing endurance challenges in my wheelchair for several years now for a local charity ‘Ability Shetland’ to help other individuals reach their full potential and recently to bring more inclusive sports to the islands. I feel very humbled that someone has recognise me and nominated me for doing this. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, my family, friends, the local community, ‘Ability Shetland’ and my social media followers. I would like to dedicate this Point of Light Award to my Hadrians Wall core team, David, Kim, Chris, Holly, Stu, Charis, Susan, Andy, Jane and all the locals along the wall who came to help.”
Pictured below: Brynn after completing the Hadrian’s Wall Trail