Spinal cord injury could happen to anyone! In July 2000, aged 20, it happened to Colin Javens when he dived into sea that was too shallow. He broke his neck, and is now paralysed from the shoulders down. He retains limited arm movement but unless there is a miraculous scientific breakthrough he won't walk again - a devastating accident! Colin, however, has refused to be beaten by paralysis.
In April 2006 he completed a vehicle-driven overland African Expedition from the UK to Cape Town, South Africa. The expedition was a world first for anybody with his level of disability and has raised thousands of pounds for spinal injury related charities.
"I don't want to sit back and wait - I want to take an active part by fundraising and thereby enabling the scientists to discover a cure for paralysis. I want to make a difference!”