IN­SPI­RA­TION of the week

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN -

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.” stmark­shos­pi­tal­foun­da­

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