Independent motion – can you help?

What would you give to make a dream come true if you woke to find yourself living a nightmare?

What would you feel if you could never again walk on a beach? Or go out alone in the snow…feel the stillness of a wood or cross a field?

And then, you found a way…

In 2009, my son was a successful young man with a bright future… until he was stabbed through the brain in an unprovoked attack and left for dead in an alley.

He was found almost immediately by passers-by who saved his life. By the time we arrived at the hospital, Nick was being prepared for emergency brain surgery. We were allowed to see him, for a few minutes, to say goodbye. He was not expected to survive…


Over the past couple of years, many in the blogging community have come to know my son and know that survive he did, defying all the odds and going on to achieve wonderful things in spite of the physical challenges with which he lives. You may remember the magic of May Day. Or perhaps his skydive… the London to Brighton cycle ride… or the Triathlon, all of which raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Some of you follow Nick’s blog and, though he has been quiet recently, will have read about the reasons for that as he prepares for the biggest adventure yet, doing the impossible once again and proving that ‘impossible’Β  really isn’t, if you set your mind and heart to something.

One of the biggest problems for Nick going travelling is getting around. As he cannot see well enough to drive a car and cannot walk, he has to use a wheelchair. The trike allows Nick to get out and about, but it is specialist equipment (he’s been waiting all summer for parts to fix it) and too big to transport. He is also limited to decent road surfaces. He cannot self-propel in a normal wheelchair (except in circles) because of the reduced mobility and coordination down his entire right side, so he has to use a large and heavy electric wheelchair that causes many transport problems, can break down and means carrying heavy chargers and batteries that airlines don’t like. And it can’t manage a small step or a high kerb. This has been the biggest sticking point and looked set to prevent his dream from coming true. The only other alternative has been a manual wheelchair and someone to push it.

Until we came across the Mountain Trike.

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He hired one to try it out. This is a serious piece of kit… a cross between a mountain bike and a wheelchair, it can go off-road and up mountains. It can handle sandy beaches, ford streams and cope with muddy tracks and cobbles. And it is a manual wheelchair with an innovative propulsion system that Nick can use, even with reduced mobility. It doesn’t need batteries, can be fixed by most bike shops in an emergency and, crucially, doesn’t need anyone to push it. He can go out into the wild places alone for the very first time in seven and a half years.

It even has a luggage rack.

Nick is giving all he has to fund his dream of travelling. I have set up a Go Fund Me page for him to try to raise the cost of buying the Mountain Trike. It will change his world and open the world to him.

You can visit the campaign page HERE and read the full story.

Please help if you can, by donating if you can or, if you can’t…and not everyone can… by sharing his story and the campaign.

You can also Pin Your Tweet to help get the word out too!

Thank you.

If you have any difficulty donating via the campaign page, please contact me at findme@scvincent.com.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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225 Responses to Independent motion – can you help?

  1. Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    A very worthy cause. Kevin

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  2. Ritu says:

    Good luck Nick!

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  3. Ritu says:

    Reblogged this on But I Smile Anyway… and commented:
    Please read, and if you can, contribute and/or share. Nick is an inspirational young man. He deserves any help we can give him 😊

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Did, I understand that right? Nick is your son, Sue? Wow, I did not know!!! I follow him for quite some time because I am so impressed by his willpower and strength. I am sure, his dream will come true!!! He is an amazing way who doesn’t stop moving on!

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  5. Erika Kind says:

    Reblogged this on Erika Kind and commented:
    An amazing young man with an unbreakable willpower wants to take his next step!

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  6. Sri Sudha K says:

    I shared this on my Facebook page and also reblogged it…may Nick be successful in his trials…all the best to him n to you Sue

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  7. Judy Martin says:

    Reblogged this on Edwina's Episodes and commented:
    Let’s try and help Nick live his dream πŸ™‚

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  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Many of us have shared in the challenges and triumphs of Nick Verron and have marvelled at the determination that he has brought to leading not just a normal life but an extraordinary one. His mother Sue Vincent has also found her way into her hearts and now we have a chance to help Nick realise another dream.. please head over and read the post.

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  9. I wish Nick all the best and hope, that he will achieve his goals, Sue πŸ™‚
    Shared and will reblog too.
    Irene

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  11. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Sue’s Son Nick doesn’t let ANYTHING stop him – but if we can help him make his ability to go where the rest of us take for granted, a little easier – please contribute – every Β£ or $ helps!

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  12. FlorenceT says:

    Reblogged this on MEANINGS AND MUSINGS and commented:
    The remarkable tenacity and courage… do help out!

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  13. jenanita01 says:

    I hope Nick gets his new trike soon, this is just what he needs! If I win the lottery this week, he can have two!

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  14. ksbeth says:

    he continues to be amazing and an inspiration to all of us, sue –

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  15. A truly amazing young man. I hope he achieves this dream with the support he so rightly deserves.

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  16. olganm says:

    An amazing project and I’m sure it will come true. Thanks for the update, Sue. Sharing and seeing what we can do. Good luck!

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  17. MΓ©l@nie says:

    impressive and emotional… ❀ I'm thinkin' of my today blog-post:"YOU ARE SPECIAL…" πŸ™‚ he'll make it!!!

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  18. Mary Smith says:

    That’s a smart bit of kit. I saw it when Nick posted a picture on his blog when he was trying it out. Fingers crossed.

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  19. macjam47 says:

    Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Please read this and donate or share.

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  20. Bernadette says:

    Sue, I have a son with a severe brain injury. I know how difficult his path has been and how painful it has been for you. I am happy to help and posted this on my Facebook page.

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  21. I’d be proud to help, Sue. ☺

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  22. Best of luck both of you. You certainly deserve it πŸ™‚

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  23. Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    If you’re looking for a worthy cause to donate to, you might just have found it.

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  25. Felicia says:

    Reblogged this on Nesie's Place and commented:
    Can you help?

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  26. I was pleased to donate – and I posted it to my facebook page. God bless you both.

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  27. noelleg44 says:

    OF COURSE, we will help. Sue. I want to see Nick on his way out into the wide world!

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  28. Reblogged this on ladyleemanila and commented:
    a worthy cause…. ❀

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  29. violafury says:

    Reblogged this on thesifotsnextdoor and commented:
    One of our greatest gifts; to move about independently!

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  30. amreade says:

    Reblogged this on Reade and Write and commented:
    Nick has an indomitable spirit and there are lessons in this for all of us.

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  31. Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo and commented:
    Please read. Just having a chance to explore outside is taken for granted by most, but for some, it’s a dream…

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  32. Widdershins says:

    Can’t get to the page right now, but I’ll keep trying. πŸ™‚ Go Nick!!!

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  33. trentpmcd says:

    Reblogged this on Trent's World (the Blog) and commented:
    I watched the video on the Mountain Trike site – it looks like a fantastic product. Let’s help make it possible for Nick!

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  34. Reblogged this on Stuart France and commented:

    What’s Nick up to now? World Tour, with your help…

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  35. Reblogged this on K Y R O S M A G I C A and commented:
    Can you help Sue Vincent’s son Nick follow his dreams? Please do what you can to help this amazing man who has been through so much. Reblog, share, and donate what you can to Nick’s Go Fund Me Campaign.

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  36. Shared on Twitter! I know about his dream following his Blog. I really hope that Nick would be able to made his dream come true! Nick deserve it all such an amazing inspirer and example of strength and hope! Much love to him and to you Sue! ❀ Carolina

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  37. Shared it on my facebook page and thus also over twitter! I hope he will be able to get this Mountain Trike, will also check what I can donate πŸ™‚

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  38. kcg1974 says:

    Reblogged this on Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons and commented:
    Please visit Sue’s blog to read her full post. Try to imagine your life without mobility. Surely we can all help her son to get the word out…or even do more. πŸ™πŸ»

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  39. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    All of us have dreams of things we want to do. Some of us get on and do them others might get round to it one day, and the rest just let them slip by. But there are others who have the drive and determination to do it, but events beyond their control put obstacles in the way. Want to help push an obstacle aside?

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  40. Sue Nick is a remarkable man, whom I follow and his achievements are remarkable. πŸ™‚ I hope that sufficient funds are raised so that this wonderful piece of equipment can help aid him further his dreams.. ❀ xxx

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  41. Reblogged this on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary and commented:
    In a blink of an eye our lives could change in an instant.. Please go and read Sue’s post in full and help give Nick a better chance to be mobile and help him realise his DreamS.
    Love and Blessings
    Sue xxx

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  42. Helen Jones says:

    Reblogged this on Journey To Ambeth and commented:
    I’m neck-deep in formatting at the moment so, in lieu of my usual Wednesday Wander, here is the story of a young man who has overcome extraordinary challenges, and is now hoping to go on a wander of his own. Can you help?

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  43. Helen Jones says:

    This is such a great piece of equipment, Sue – I hope he gets it! πŸ™‚

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  44. Nick is one of those rare people who represents the best of humanity. I will do everything I can.

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  45. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    Help Nick live his dream!

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  46. lbeth1950 says:

    Help a great guy out! Reblogging.

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  47. lbeth1950 says:

    Reblogged this on Nutsrok and commented:
    Help Nick if you can.

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  48. Amazing. ❀ Will share and off to donate.

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  49. dgkaye says:

    Shared around town Sue! Good luck and safe travels to Nick. ❀

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  51. reocochran says:

    I admire Nick and how he has ventured in so many directions! I hope that a business will allow him to purchase this mountain trike with a reduced amount or that others will help him.
    Fortunately, I have less serious needs within my family. I do feel lucky and wish I had an abundance to give. I usually try to help my grown children who are often stretched to the limit in their budgets. I work overtime to do this. My prayers and hope for Nick to have more freedom with this outstanding purchase.

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  52. confabler says:

    Your son is an inspiration.
    I wish good luck to both of you, for all your dreams to come true.- jia

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  53. Tina Frisco says:

    Sue, I’ve shared this across my pages and am keeping you and Nick in my prayers. I wish the best for both of you ❀ ❀

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  54. Wow. All the best! πŸ™‚

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  55. Eliza Waters says:

    I hope this tops out fast – good luck to Nick!

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  57. Amazing and inspiring.

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  58. amommasview says:

    Reblogged this on A Momma's View and commented:
    Are you up for supporting a dream?

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  59. Mira Prabhu says:

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    There’s a lot of suffering in our world, in some parts much worse than others, and many of us help out as much as we can, I know…please read this and if you are moved to give whatever you can, please do. Its one thing to be born a cripple, yes, a hard thing to face, but to come through a ghastly ordeal only to be confined to a wheelchair is hard to imagine…if you can, please give a little to Nick follow his bliss if you can…in essence, we are all ONE and to do what we can to help others fulfill their dreams is to also fulfill our own desire to be free.

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  60. Mira Prabhu says:

    Reblogged with this comment: There’s a lot of suffering in our world, in some parts much worse than others, and many of us help out as much as we can, I know…please read this and if you are moved to give whatever you can, please do. Its one thing to be born a cripple, yes, a hard thing to face, but to come through a ghastly ordeal only to be confined to a wheelchair is hard to imagine…if you can, please give a little to Nick follow his bliss if you can…in essence, we are all ONE and to do what we can to help others fulfill their dreams is to also fulfill our own desire to be free. (And lots of love to both of you, Sue and Nick!!!)

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  61. adeleulnais says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Help Nick achieve his dream. He is a survivor of a horrific attack and his courage and determination to come back from this has inspired so many. Give a little something back.

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  63. KathrinS says:

    Wow! What an amazing story. I really hope he gets to go on this adventure.

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  64. marianbeaman says:

    What a compassionate gesture in response to such an horrific act. My heart goes out to you and Nick, Sue. I want to donate. ❀

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  65. Victo Dolore says:

    Reblogged this on Behind the White Coat and commented:
    Why does adaptive equipment have to be so costly? Check out this post about Sue Vincent’s son.

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  66. Steph McCoy says:

    Reblogged this on Bold Blind Beauty and commented:
    When we are healthy and some might describe us as whole we don’t think about things like mobility or accessibility. However as a friend of mine once said “”Accessibility is not a privilege but a basic human right” The cost of aids to help people with disabilities life a fulfilling life are most of the time, astronomical. A little kindness can go a long way in helping one another.

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  67. Susan Scott says:

    All good wishes Nick – and Sue – you WILL reach your dreams. You’re an inspiration to us all

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  68. renxkyoko says:

    Have archived this….. will come back soon to donate.

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  70. Joss says:

    I’ve been almost absent in blogging world lately but am coming back. So glad Judith Baxter posted this on FB. Will repost, share on my own blog and yes, go and donate. I figure every bit helps and wow, imagine seeing your son on one of these.

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  71. willowdot21 says:

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    Lets share and help

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  72. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Please read this and help if you can.

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  73. Reblogged this on Indie Adda and commented:
    God bless him!

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  75. Norah says:

    What a wonderful machine. There are so many wonderful inventors. I wish Nick well and hope he gets this chair to help him. It looks awesome.

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  77. Wishing Nick many happy travels by mountain trike and as an amazing human being πŸ™‚ ❀

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  79. melisdvash says:

    I can’t help financially, and I will share on fb for what it’s worth, but why I am writing is because I want one of those! If it would work for me – and I am down to one good hand – it would be so awesome. I would really look forward to going out alone. *sigh*

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you so much for sharing…every share can help!

      The team at Mountain Trike have thought this machine through very well. It can have the main steering on either hand and can be used by eople with limited hand function…which is what makes it so perfect for my son.

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  80. Wow! Somehow I missed his skydiving adventure!! This will be fabulous!! And I know he will get it!!
    He is tenacious, and courageous, just like you!!

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  81. Kev says:

    Shared to all socials, Sue.

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  83. Reblogged this on Jean Reinhardt and commented:
    What a remarkable young man and such an inspiration.

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  84. mihrank says:

    I have no words, but the photo itself made me full of tears…impressive..

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  86. Good luck raising the money although it’s wrong that things like this aren’t funded properly.

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  87. A very inspiring story. My best to Nick and you.

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  88. Ann Koplow says:

    I’m so glad to have found your blog today and so honored to contribute to this wonderful cause.

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