Posts Tagged 'Brain Injury'

#fundraiserfriday: From intensive care to the London Marathon

In 2012, Paul suffered a frontal lobe hemorrhage following an unprovoked attack. He will be running the London Marathon in 2017 to raise awareness of brain injury, inspire others and show that after a brain injury, you can still go on and achieve great things!

Paul’s journey

Taking part in this event marks a huge milestone in Paul’s own personal journey, as at the time of the race 5 years ago, he was in intensive care. Back then he never dreamt he would be taking part in the London Marathon!

Paul stated “Nothing could prepare my family and I for the battle of brain recovery. It is a long and challenging journey, which will test every aspect of your life. I know from personal experience that people are left lost, lonely, confused and vulnerable after brain injury. The injury can come with devastating consequences and be life changing for everyone affected. For those reasons, there needs to be somewhere to go, a lifeline, a place to obtain comfort, support, education and inspiration. That’s why I set up the charity PAUL For Brain Recovery.”

The charity

All funds raised by Paul as a result of taking part in the London Marathon will go to PAUL For Brain Recovery. During his own recovery, Paul realised that there was a real lack of community support after being discharged from acute services. Because of this, he founded PAUL For Brain Recovery, which exists to make life easier after brain injury by providing advice and support to empower all affected.

He added “I have walked the difficult path of brain recovery and feel very lucky to have recovered well. It is now my passion to help others that are on the line of despair. That’s why it’s such an honour to be representing the brain injured in this year’s London Marathon.”

How you can help

To keep him going during the marathon, Paul will be thinking of all of the people that the charity is able to help.  A great motivation for him is the positive effect that his efforts will have on those facing a difficult time in their lives. Paul will also draw on his own personal experiences; during the dark days of his recovery, he never thought he would be in a position to be such a positive influence to so many people.

Help support Paul’s amazing journey by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page.

Beloved Memory Inspires Second Marathon Run for Dan

Dan Runs the Virgin London MarathonOn 22 April 2012, Dan Wittred will combat the 26 miles of the London Marathon for the second time in four years. Dan will be running in memory of his Dad, Nigel, who will have passed away almost two years to the day.

Following the loss of 55 year old Nigel to an unexpected brain aneurysm in 2010, Dan wanted to show his support to other families who may find themselves in a similar situation by raising money for the charity Headway.

Pulling out all the stops, Dan has already reached his fundraising target of £1,500 three months ahead of event day and is set on sending his total even further through the roof.

If that isn’t enough, Dan has hired himself a personal trainer and put himself on a four-month ban from alcohol in the hope this will enable him to complete the race in less than four hours.

Dan said “After struggling through the 2008 Marathon with very little training, I swore I would never put myself through the torturous pain again.  That said; the unforeseen loss of my Dad soon changed my mind.

The training has been tough, but I know it will be worth it for the great atmosphere on the day.  I wanted to turn something very negative into something positive, so here I am raising money for a cause I really believe in.”

Headway– the brain injury association is a charity set up to help offer support and services to those affected by brain injury as well as their families and carers.  Headway offers a wide range of services both locally and nationally, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care.

Launching a YouTube video to inspire people to sponsor him, and with the support of a charity event hosted by his girlfriend’s Mum, Dan has gone above and beyond raising the money he intended to and hopes to go even further.

If you would like to sponsor Dan ahead of the biggest fundraising event of the year, please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanWittred


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