Inspirational amputee takes on cycling challenge for local children's hospice

June Grinstead, from Chichester, who had her leg amputated as a result of a car accident, has set herself the challenge of cycling the Caledonian Way to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children's hospice.

"My story began with a car accident when I was 17 and it changed my life," said June. After years of pain and operations, June had her lower leg amputated at 33-years-old, "by then I thought I was mentally prepared for what was coming, but never expected to still be left with a lifetime of pain.

"By early 2020 the pain was becoming debilitating, but due to Covid-19, I found myself at home with my daughters, Catherine and Lauren, with nothing else to do but exercise." June started doing just little bits with them and eventually, she could do a bit more, for a little longer.

Fast-forward to 2021, and June is challenging herself to cycle the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands - 65 miles from Fort William to Inverness over three days - to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House.

"I got a bike last summer over the lockdown. I walk well but I cannot walk for very long, so the bike is the only other way that I can get about without a car. It lets me get out in the countryside and see the views and I feel like part of the rest of the world," said June. "I've always loved Scotland, but unless I was in a car I couldn't see the best bits - until now!"

Taking on the challenge with her husband, Martin, and five-year-old Frenchie, Harley, June is on track to smash her target of £1,500 for Chestnut Tree House.

Speaking about why she is fundraising for her local children's hospice, June said: "So many children miss out on the privileges I've had, many do not get to dance into the early hours like I did. Raising money for Chestnut, who give children and their families more opportunities for smiles and fun, when they most need it, is the least I can do. Making memories is what I focus on now and I love that Chestnut gives families the chance to make more too."

To support June on her Caledonian Way Cycle, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/june-grinstead


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