Popping in to Greenhous Vauxhall in Shrewsbury was Kelda Wood to collect her Vauxhall Astra estate from sales manager, Andy Evans. Kelda will be using the Astra to tow a trailer on which rests her Trans-Atlantic rowing boat, Storm Petrel. She will row across the Atlantic in December, single-handed, in her Row to Raise challenge in support of the local charity, Climbing Out.

Kelda is a former Shropshire athlete who has turned personal life changing trauma into a wonderful opportunity for young people facing a life changing injury, illness or trauma to experience friendship, support and personal development through the charity Climbing Out, which she set up.

In December 2018 her solo row of the Atlantic will inspire others who have been through life changing injury, illness or trauma, and raise awareness that physical or mental trauma may be life changing, but it doesn’t have to be life limiting.

Climbing Out offers outward bound activity programmes to young people who gain maximum benefit from taking part. Climbing Out works with a number of charities and organisations and through partnerships they make a difference to young people who are affected by injury, illness or trauma. This can include cancer, kidney disease, bullying, bereavement or abuse, physical or mental trauma, loss of limbs or life changing injuries.

Each 5 day programme offers outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development provided by highly qualified and experienced instructors throughout the week. One recent group were children who were traumatised in last year’s Manchester bombings.

Funds need to be raised to run the charities programmes and source the young people who will really benefit from the opportunity of taking part in a Climbing Out programme. So Kelda’s incredible challenge is about raising awareness of the benefits of Climbing Out to young people.

For more information about how to support Climbing Out and Row to Raise visit: