Determined Midhurst teenager is set to live her dream

Holly Woodward with her proud dad Andrew.''C112015-1 Mid Inspire   Photo Louise Adams
Holly Woodward with her proud dad Andrew.''C112015-1 Mid Inspire Photo Louise Adams
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Inspirational teenager Holly Woodward is preparing to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Her trip to Africa to work on projects to improve the standard of living for rural communities would be gruelling for many people.

But for 18-year-old Holly from Midhurst, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy and walks with crutches when she is not in her wheelchair, it will probably be the greatest challenge of her young life.

Although the company’s expedition organisers were dubious about Holly’s ability to take part, they changed their minds when they met the determined teenager and she will be the first disabled person to participate in their Camps International scheme.

“I am crazily excited about it,” said Holly. “There is a part of me that is very nervous, but this is something I have always wanted to do.”

And Holly is anxious to get the message across to other disabled teenagers, that they too can fulfil their dreams: “It is so important for people to realise they do not have to get stopped from taking part in things like this.”

For full story see Midhurst and Petworth, Observer December 29