Why brave Eleanor is learning to walk again

Learning to walk again: QEGS student Eleanor English who  is determined  to step on the plane to the Far East.
Learning to walk again: QEGS student Eleanor English who is determined to step on the plane to the Far East.

Eleanor English is determined nothing will stop her helping poverty-striken people in Vietnam, Laos and China - not even two broken legs.

Eleanor, 15, a student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, will take part in the ‘World Challenge’ in 2016.

That will involve travelling to the Far East and trekking through jungles to reach isolated communities.

It promises to be a daunting trip, especially as Eleanor is currently learning to walk again.

She was born with a medical condition which meant her legs were out of alignment.

Despite that, she became a keen sportswoman, competing in netball and athletics.

However, the constant pain from her legs meant Eleanor and her family took decisive action.

Surgery involved doctors breaking both her legs above the knee - and resetting them at the correct angle.

She also had titanium rods inserted.

The final operation was on December 29.

Now, Eleanor has the mammoth task of learning to walk again.

She will be on crutches until Easter and then hopes to get the all-clear to start walking unaided.

And, it is vital she works on her fitness because the trip to the Far East will involve lengthy six-to-10 day treks in the wilderness and jungles of Vietnam and Laos - as well as helping local Chinese school children.

The clock is ticking. Eleanor is due to fly out in only 15 months’ time.

Apart from the physical aspect, Eleanor also has to raise £4,300 to cover the cost of the trip.

Understandably, her efforts have been hampered by hospital stays and a lack of mobility.

To her credit, she had shown lots of determination.

Car boot sales, casual work, baking and craftworking - which can be done in a wheelchair and on crutches - have helped raise £2,000.

The next fundraising event is a table top sale at St Peter’s Church Hall in Woodhall Spa on Saturday March 14. Tables are £5 and are bookable in advance.

The World Challenge expeditions are designed to encourage young adults to use their enterprise and initiative - and help others.

*Anyone who like to help Eleanor can telephone 01507 522159.