Adventurer inspires youngsters with talk

Adventurer  James Ketchell Picture: Malcolm Wells
Adventurer James Ketchell Picture: Malcolm Wells

CHILDREN from schools and clubs have been inspired thanks to adventurer James Ketchell.

Known as ‘Captain Ketch’, he spoke to students and Scouts at Langstone Technology Park yesterday before he sets off on his next adventure next month.

Raising awareness for the Langstone-based Over the Wall children’s charity, James will row unsupported around the UK, aiming to become the first-ever person to achieve such a feat.

James, who was badly hurt in a motorcycle accident earlier in his life, gave an inspirational talk, telling children anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

He said: ‘It’s all about getting the kids to think about what their goal is and when they have that goal, don’t give up.’

In February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, climbed Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world.

As an ambassador of Over The Wall, he hopes his latest mission will motivate children to pursue their own dreams and ambitions.

James said: ‘By telling kids about my adventures, I hope to get the message across that they’re no different to me, anyone can get out there and achieve something, and you’ve just got to put your mind to it.’

James gave the talk at Langstone Technology Park in front of students from across the south.

Joe O’Brien, of Funtington Primary School, said: ‘It was great hearing all about James’ adventures and I wish him good luck on his row around Britain.

‘His story is inspiring and when I grow up I’d love to travel the world like James.’

Departing from Tower Bridge on June 25, James hopes to raise awareness for Over the Wall.

‘Hopefully my next adventure will raise some awareness and funding for such a great charity.’

The charity provides free camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses.

Kevin Mathieson, the chief executive of Over The Wall, is thrilled James is supporting the charity in his latest attempt.

Kevin said: ‘James is an inspiration and we applaud his goal of motivating young people to pursue their own goals and dreams no 
matter what their health challenges.’