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article imageWheelchair user's 5000-mile journey from Bangladesh to UK by land

By Kev Hedges     Jan 25, 2011 in Travel
A man injured four years ago in a motorcycle accident and now wheelchair-bound, is set to travel from Bangladesh to his home in St. Helens in Merseyside, north England, a distance of some 5,000 miles, using buses, trains and ferries.
Peter Donnelly, 24, has been volunteering in Bangladesh for the last four months. He hopes to raise funds for the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) on Dhaka's outskirts where he has been based recently. His journey will take him across 14 countries, many of which will not have facilities for the disabled.
Mr Donnelly's journey will cover Nepal, China and Russia before heading into Europe where he will travel through Germany and France before reaching the UK. Mr Donnelly hopes to raise around £5,000 ($8000) by providing treatment, vocational training and wheelchairs for a spinal rehabilitation centre in Dhaka, as he reports on his fund-raising website called Rolling Back Home. So far, more than £2,600 ($4100) has been donated.
His journey is in fact already under way. On Sunday night he took a bus to Siliguri in India's state of West Bengal. Earlier today (Tuesday) he arrived in Kathmandu in Nepal after riding on buses for over 15 hours. In his blog he describes how his journey to Kathmandu was "stressed" after becoming separated from his bag containing his passport, and following a four-hour wait for one bus, how he spent the entire 15-hour bus ride, "being thrown around inside the bus like a salt-shaker."
Mr Donnelly also describes how he has been giving media interviews to the BBC World Service prior to embarking on his marathon journey. He said: "The first reason I'm doing this is that I am raising money for the CRP, which does an amazing job in one of the poorest countries in the world. Secondly, I'm doing it to raise awareness of what can be achieved when using a wheelchair and how everything in your path might not be perfect but it is still possible.
When people with a disability are seen more in public then others will understand their difficulties and adjust to them."
Peter's journey can also be followed on Twitter and a Facebook group page.
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