As some of you may have seen we have hit our £3000 target. We did it! From all of the team we extend a huge thanks to all those who have donated, shared it around and got behind us.
We have some time left which leaves us with the question, do we stop there or do we keep going?
Judging by the huge amount of support we have had so far we should keep going, so I have spent time today confirming a series of lectures, starting at ALPKIT's Big Shakeout Festival and The Lakeland Climbing Centre.
If we can hit £3500 or more we will set three more lecture dates.
we have a competition to win a haul of LYON and BMC goodies running until the Kickstarter completion date! Here is a link - https://www.facebook.com/2013InTheFrame?ref=hl
We have a date! We will be leaving from Holme Fen in Cambridgeshire on 8th September 2013 and travelling for approximately 15 days.
Joe Beaumont is planning a monumental challenge, to travel from Holme Fen in Cambridgeshire at -2m below sea level to the highest point in the UK, the Summit of Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge.
That is a substantial journey for anyone, and the climb would be on the ticklist of many experienced climbers but for Joe it is an even greater challenge. Joe will undertake the entire challenge with a large metal cage fixed to the outside of his lower leg. Why?
In March 2011 Joe, an experienced climber, mountain biker and sky diver fell 40 metres from a rock face in the Lake District. Though his injuries were incredibly severe his resilience and determination kept him alive and he began a very long and painful recovery whilst undergoing multiple operations on different parts of his body. Just over two years later Joe is learning to walk again, learning to live with his disabilities and formulating big plans!
How difficult is it really?
Joe sustained significant injuries down his right side, he shattered his elbow, damaged tendons in two fingers and lost his tricep so has very restricted movement and little strength in one arm. His left right leg was broken at the femur and ankle and he shattered the fib and tib losing 4.5cm of bone which has been re-grown using the Ilizarov Frame. With 32 pin sites through Joe's lower leg the risk of infection is a constant battle and he requires antibiotics and pain relief to help with this.
So this is pretty tough, but Joe has learned to cope with his disabilities and channel his abilities. The toughest challenges make the greatest adventures!
We believe Joe's story has the power to heal, inspire and help others. Could there be a better reason to tell a story? Sometimes the road to recovery can be hard and painful and a little glimmer of possibility and positivity can help a great deal.
"Having this frame on my leg is such an obvious bind, it looks and feels like a torture device, something that I can't hide. But something remarkable has happened since being in the frame, it bridges a gap for people and they not only empathise but share stories of their own traumatic experiences. Tales of pain, stress, fear and positivity, love, enlightenment, lessons learned, beautiful stories which have moved me also. They've given me strength, hope and determination to not just get better but get things done! I think that this Frame lets people open up and share, a kind of 'Togetherness through Trauma."
'In the Frame' will document Joe's journey as he travels through the UK and capture the highs and lows of his recovery from trauma and serious injury.
We aim to use this Kickstarter to raise the remainder of our film budget. With the kind support of two primary sponsors ALPKIT and The BMC we are half way there but we need a little push to make this project happen.
How you can get involved?
- Donate a little money to get us on our way.
- Donate some people power! Be part of our expedition and come and join us as we make our way from Cambridgeshire, through the Lake District and into Scotland by bike and boat! Or come with us to the summit of Ben Nevis to give Joe the support and energy he needs to complete this challenge.
- Follow our project and spread the word! Send Joe a message of support, we want as many people to be involved as possible.
Huge thanks go to our friends at ALPKIT, LYON and the BMC for their support so far. Be sure to check out the amazing work these guys do, whether that is supporting our outdoor communities or making great kit!
Risks and challenges
This is an immense challenge for Joe and will take every ounce of his strength to complete. His success will not only depend on him but also the support of others. It could be painful and put a lot of strain on Joe's healing body so we need to take all the precautions possible to minimise any damage.
We are dedicated to making this film happen. As with any project of this type, scheduling and financial hurdles could play a part but we will keep our backers up to date and do our best to target any problems as soon as they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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