I am 36 years old and a qualified professional, who sometimes teaches at the local Uni. I'm nearly at the end of my 2nd Master's degree and am therefore probably considered highly educated.
Things is though, I am a muppet. Like a complete, certifiable muppet. My friends installed every household appliance that I own. My girlfriend built all of the furniture in our home. I can barely change a lightbulb and it took me 3 years to learn how to change the tire on a bicycle. Cycling every day during that time.
That's why cycling to my girlfriend's house in Portugal is such a challenge, even beyond it being a very long way. I have zero survival skills and zero mechanical skills. I don't speak any languages with any degree of fluency. If something goes wrong with my bike I literally have no idea what I'll do. Call my dad probably. Which will be cool. At 36.
Having spent a lot of time with a good friend at the Holy Cross Hospital, who care for people with profound disabilities, I have come to the realisation that I am incredibly lucky to have the choice to even attempt things like this. The Holy Cross Hospital is a wonderful place with some amazing staff and brilliant facilities. It's set in some really nice woodland, but this isn't wheelchair accessible.
Hence this trip and this project. A chance for me to literally force myself to be less of a muppet and actually learn to look after myself - whilst recognizing that I am lucky to be even able to try. And an opportunity to make things better for some people who both need and deserve it.
The Treehouse Project seeks to provide some outside space for patients at the Holy Cross Hospital. Somewhere to chill, take a breath of fresh air and soak in what is around them. Full details of the Project are available on the main site that is linked to this page.
Your help and support in making this happen would be massively appreciated. I will do my best to amuse you with examples of my stupidity at regular intervals as we go along. Cheers!