Welcome

Thank you for visiting the 50 list website. In 2012 I embarked on a year of 50 challenges. From building a 1000 piece jigsaw, learning to make a creme brûlée and completing a half marathon to some more extreme challenges; scuba diving, jet skiing, snow skiing, indoor skydive and accelerating from 0 to 160 mph in eight seconds in a dragster!

Why did I do this? I have a disability which confines me to a wheelchair. My daughter has the same condition and I wanted to show her that anything, if you put your mind to it, is possible.

I managed to complete 47 out of the 50 and I have every intention of completing the last three someday. I hope you enjoy your visit to this site.

Latest News

So, what now? It's Track to Track!

So, what now? It's Track to Track!

April 11th, 2014

After 2012 I decided to take a rest. Let's face it trying to fit in so many in just one year is no mean feat. So 2013 was going to be a year of chilling out and not get up to anything crazy, just concentrate on my business and generally take it easy.[...]

Photo Exhibition

Photo Exhibition

November 6th, 2013

One of the items that was ticked off at the end of last year was 'Prepare a photo exhibition for 2013'. Well, the time is almost upon us. The exhibition starts on the 3rd December until 31st January at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. The exh[...]

Getting serious with one of the fifty!

Getting serious with one of the fifty!

November 4th, 2013

Good grief Penfold, has it been that long? Well, yes it has. It's been months since I last published an update but there is a good reason, I swear! I have been busy with a new project. The book, The 50 List, was about showing my youngest daughter,[...]

Sunday Telegraph

Sunday Telegraph

June 16th, 2013

Today's news is tomorrows chip paper! OK, so not these days. My copy will most likely be stuck to the wall of my office with a suitable blob of blue-tac for quite sometime. The nice thing about news today is it isn't restricted to just print. The rep[...]

Sunday Times Best Seller List!

Sunday Times Best Seller List!

March 14th, 2013

And my English teacher said I wouldn't amount to much. Well excuse me! My book is currently at #9 in the Sunday Times Best Seller List. I know, I had trouble believing that as well. But there it is and this coming Sunday in the Sunday Times you will [...]

The Book

The 50 List - Published by HarperCollins - Available from 28th February“Nigel has a disability, an inherited disease that means his nerves don’t tell his muscles what to do – but he does not consider himself disabled. His youngest daughter Ellie has been diagnosed with the same condition. To inspire Ellie, and show her anything is possible, Nigel created a list of 50 challenges to complete in his fiftieth year. This is the story of that list. For Nigel, this meant helping Ellie understand that life is to be challenged, to be explored and enjoyed, no matter what obstacles you might have to face. Even during the darkest times, Nigel has never let anything stop him from realising his dreams.

His list is varied, some are crazy, wild physical challenges, others are seemingly simple tasks people often take for granted. Some are activities Nigel has done before, others are skills he has learnt to cope with his condition that he wants to share with other people. All of them hold huge emotional significance to Nigel and his family. This is the heart-warming account of the year Nigel completed The 50 List. Inspiring and surprising, it will move you to tears and laughter, and leave you believing that you really can accomplish anything.”

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"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."

T. E. Lawrence