Remarkable young Scots adventuress Julie McElroy – who has cerebral palsy – is embarking on a formidable challenge to climb the Himalayas in five days to raise money and awareness for a Scottish charity that provides vital therapy for children with the same condition.
Although Julie’s cerebral palsy means she has serious walking difficulties, co-ordination, and speech and profound hearing impairment, along with manual dexterity problems, she is determined to climb the Himalayas in aid of the Bobath Scotland Children’s Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre.
Twenty five-year-old identical twin Julie – who received specialist therapy at the Bobath centre in Glasgow as a youngster – is embarking on ‘Julie’s Bobath Challenge’ on September 30, to help Scotland’s children with cerebral palsy.
It’s not the first time feisty Julie has demonstrated that through determination, self-belief, drive and stamina, people with cerebral palsy can push the boundaries and realise their full potential.
Julie, who again proved her determination to push the boundaries by recently completing the Sirius Environmental Leadership Scholarship with Wilderness Foundation UK which consisted of canoeing and wild camping in the north-west of Scotland in Loch Shiel.
She says “ I hope my zest for life will help in it 16-year history, Bobath Scotland help hundreds of children to realise their potential and live life to the full, as I have always done.
“The Himalayas challenge, I hope, will spearhead in the coming year in a bid to highlight the wonderful work of this children’s charity. Bobath Scotland has made such a difference to the lives of so many families like my own, and I’m proud to be associated with it.”
Jim Campbell, chairman of Bobath Scotland, said: “Of all the talented, ambitious and motivated young people I’ve been privileged
to meet over the years, Julie must surely be among the most remarkable.
“She is a true inspiration, and our charity is proud to have such an admirable ambassador to fly the flag for Bobath Scotland.”