2nd October 2012: Jonathan carries the torch for Jennyruth!
"Hello, my name is Jonathan Evason. I am 48 years old and I am from a family of five brothers and sisters and we all have Downs Syndrome. I live together with my brothers and sisters in Ripon, North Yorkshire".
"My favourite hobby is walking!"
This year Jonathan has two special walks on his agenda, the first one being down in his diary for the 28th and 29th August. It is a once in a lifetime journey being part of a team of Torchbearers who will carry the Paralympic flame from Stoke Mandeville to London, in a relay that will last 24 hours, to light the flame that signals the beginning of the Paralympic games!
"I am very proud and very excited to have been chosen to be a torchbearer and my thanks go to everyone involved in selecting me, especially Sainsbury's Paralympic selection committee and LOCOG. Not only will I be helping to carry the paralympic flame to its destination, but I feel I am "carrying the torch" for all my colleagues and friends who I work with at Jennyruth Workshops, and all people with learning disabilities, to let the world know that we can achieve many things if given the chance".
"In October, I will be walking a coast to coast walk in central Scotland of 107 miles! It will be the sixth long distance walk I have done and it is my longest yet and it will bring the total on my milometer to 539 miles". Jonathan does this despite having an artificial hip!
"The walk I will be doing is called the Mary Queen of Scots Way. It is mainly off road following paths and country lanes, just what I enjoy! It begins at Arrochar on Loch Long and finishes on a beach close to St Andrews. My dad Barrie accompanies me and together we raise money for Jennyruth Workshops".
My Jennyruth journey continues, Ben Lomand here I come!!