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Conservation award winner reveals inspiration

Posted 22 November 2011
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The latest winner of the John Muir Trust Conserver award has described how a love of the outdoors has inspired her - despite significant disabilities.

Glaswegian Julie McElroy was born with cerebral palsy, leaving her profoundly deaf and suffering from problems with her mobility, dexterity and speech.

But none of that has stopped the 25-year-old from getting her walking boots on and heading for the great outdoors, with her adventures ranging from climbing Helvellyn to paddling the length of Loch Shiel.

She said: "I wanted to experience a totally new existence and challenges that are different from the ones I experience in everyday life. Being in the wild allows me to establish myself more as a person."

Ms McElroy has already led a party of people in an expedition on the Isle of Arran and she said her big goal is to help others with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors for themselves.

The Isle of Arran is often described as 'Scotland in miniature' and its mountain scenery includes four Corbetts, the highest of which is Goat Fell at 2,867 ft.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801218276-ADNFCR