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  • Returning to the Amazon….

    It’s difficult to describe the feelings building up to an experience so significant and poignant, one which you know will be unlike anything you ever have or ever will experience in your whole life. I arrived in Cali just five days before my trip back to the Amazon to revisit the exact spot where I […]

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  • Dan’s blog for SCI Awareness Day

    My name is Dan Eley, I am 37 year-old man and I’m currently quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound after a spinal cord injury on New Year’s Day 2010 left me paralysed from the shoulders down. Like most people living with a spinal cord injury my life was turned on its head in an instant; a split-second decision […]

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  • Blog temporarily suspended

    My blog has been discontinued for the time being in order to prepare material for a book project.

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  • Four years on…

    Returning from Colombia after such a brief, action packed trip was a different feeling compared with previous homecomings. With little time to relax with friends this time it seemed like I had really been away ‘on business’, although to be honest that would be misleading; this work is an almost unmitigated joy and I frequently […]

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  • DEF & SALCET trip to Colombia

    In November 2013 Dan and DEF ambassador John flew out to Colombia in order to meet the students on our latest accountancy training course being carried out in conjunction with our local partner charity in Cali, FEDUT. During the trip Dan and John had the opportunity to visit the students in their internships and to […]

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  • Take a seat and have a drink!

    One of the undoubted highlights of the summer was the fulfilment of a long held dream at the beginning of July. With the arrival of the Wimbledon Championships tennis fever hit the country again and I tried my perennial act of shamelessly harassing anyone I knew who had tickets to try and get me a […]

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  • The long road to rehabilitation…

    Upon arrival in the UK my immediate concern was of course my arm. Despite taking all possible precautions during the journey home I was well aware that all the moving and handling and transferring from seat to chair and vice versa could have have exacerbated the already severe fracture. The fact that it was still […]

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  • Cali 2013

    Winter this year seemed to pass at a particularly sluggish pace, exacerbated by the dark, cold days, and undoubtedly compounded by the fact that I am still not in my own place in town and there is nothing within walking distance of the home apart from woodland. Each time I return from a trip abroad […]

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  • Nov to Dec 2012 – DEF & SALCET in Cali

    I felt relaxed in the weeks leading up to the trip, trying not to raise my expectations and hopes too much, but at the same time realising that I was about to embark on what could be the most interesting and potentially rewarding trips of my life. The underlying feeling was one of cautious excitement, […]

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  • Aug – Oct 2012 – Launch appeal

    The days following the Olympic torch relay were a time for me to relax and rest, emotionally as well as physically. Finally with some time now to properly reflect I realised that I had been on the go almost constantly in one form or another since I started planning my first trip back to Colombia […]

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