INSPIRATION of the week
INTREPID Justin Hansen has completed his third charity kayak trip – despite relying on liquid food pumped into his heart to live.
The 57-year-old has a rare condition that has left him with just one fifth of his bowel, meaning he cannot absorb nutrients from normal meals.
Instead Justin uses Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) – liquid food connected to his body 24 hours a day from a backpack and pumped through a catheter that must remain sterile. Despite that the occupational therapist – who calls himself the Gutless Kayaker – paddled 60 miles from Fort William via Loch Ness to Inverness in Scotland in six days. His long distance charity trips have so far raised £50,000 for St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in Harrow, West London, where he has been a patient since 2008. He previously kayaked 240 miles from Manchester to London, and 420 miles from Skipton to Bristol. Justin, of Portsmouth, said: “Although this is a shorter distance it’s been more challenging as lochs behave like the open sea.” stmarkshospitalfoundation.org.uk