Laura completes daunting challenge and says: 'Anything is possible'

Torbay Weekly

She' s done it!  Brixham woman Laura Cartmill set herself the daunting challenge of covering 5,000 miles in 500 days to help raise money to buy a prosthetic leg for her football coach. And now she has completed her 'amazing journey'.

Laura, 30, was born with a rare eye condition called aniridia, which means she has no iris in either eye, making them extremely sensitive to light. She also lives with autism.

But she was determined to support her football coach James Lyon, who is looking to raise the money for a prosthetic leg that can be used all day.

Laura has known James for 10 years and they have played in the Devon Ability Counts League.

She completed the challenge as planned before Christmas.

She says: "It has been a amazing journey. It is special for me to support James to get a prosthetic leg which will change his life.

"Before I started football I didn’t talk to anyone. I have autisim   I have so much more confidence now socialising with others since being involved in disability football. I have been coaching this season in the Devon Ability Counts League. James has helped me a lot.

"This challenge has been amazing. I hope it will encourage so many others to achieve anything they want to do. Anything is possible, By going through difficult challenges anything is possible."