Jerry Ward


Aspire - supporting people with spinal cord injury. Aspire is a national charity providing practical support, funding and advice to people with spinal cord injuries in the UK and Ireland.
The Joshua Tree
Facing childhood cancer can be a devastating experience and its impact may last for many years after treatment ends. Every family’s experience and needs are unique and we are working with many families and schools to provide support that is tailored to their needs. Some of the areas where we can offer support include: Emotional Support including 1-2-1 support, play therapy and support groups or just someone to talk to Practical Support and signposting to sources of information, assistance and advice Family activities and events, half-term activities, a monthly Saturday club Supporting the child and their family in achieving the best academic, social and emotional outcomes both in and out of the school environment. This includes liaison with schools to ensure that staff receive information on how best to support a child with cancer or leukaemia.
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The Great Manchester Run 2017 – Fatty's Big Push – The Big Push 9!

In November 2007 I suffered a serious spinal-cord injury whilst swimming in the sea in Mexico.  I was left face down in the water with a broken neck, unable to move anything, and was drowned and unconscious when pulled onto the beach, where I was resuscitated.  I had been working as an airline pilot for Thomas Cook, having previously been in the RAF as a fighter pilot, and despite having been shot at a few times during the first Gulf War considered myself to be reasonably fit and healthy!  That all changed in a moment, and the next three months were spent on a life-support ventilator, first in Cancun, and then in Salford, tantalisingly close to the finishing line of the Great Run in Manchester!

Despite being in hospital for a total of 22 months, just six months after my accident, and three months after I came off the ventilator, I was allowed out to take part in the 2008 Great Run in my wheelchair, this was Fatty's Big Push!  Fatty is supposedly a term of endearment from my family!  Since then, my Big Push Team of friends, colleagues and family have pushed me around the course every year, setting a record time of 48 min 8 secs, in 2012, amazingly, 11 1/2 min quicker than when I was running!  How depressing, to be so much quicker sitting on my fat bum! The team must of course be completely mad, doing all the hard work, all I have to do is sit in my wheelchair!

This year the team have decided to split our fundraising between 2 charities, both very close to home. Aspire is a charity dedicated to helping those with spinal cord injury live as independently as possible, if necessary with the aid of assistive technology. They provided me with huge support so that I can access my computer, the Internet etc without any assistance from my PA/carer.  I have been invited to be after-dinner speaker for Aspire at their sports quiz dinner in London this year, having previously been to the one in Manchester a couple of years ago.

The Joshua Tree was established in Cheshire, by Josh's parents, to provide short breaks and support in the Cheshire countryside to families of children who have battled with cancer or other immune-suppressing illnesses.  Josh was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2004 when he was only 5 years old.  Now an active teenager, I had the pleasure of meeting him, and his family, when we were both involved with the Olympic torch relay in 2012, they really are a truly inspirational team. The Joshua Tree:

Please give generously, your donation however small or large really will make a difference.  If possible please also make sure that the sneaky Chancellor doesn't benefit from your donation by claiming gift aid.  Thank you for helping

Jerry a.k.a. Fatty

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10.07.17 Well done mate - you continue to be an inspiration to us all! More speed, longer runways, bigger .......!!!

08.07.17 Inspired by Jerry's story.


02.06.17 Sorry its a little late. Good effort all round, well done to all who took part.

01.06.17 Great day out, Great causes, Great Bloke!

01.06.17 Jerry You are an inspiration. Cheers Deb's n Smithy.


30.05.17 Great effort gang Well done

29.05.17 Good Luck Jerry and the Pushers Janet and Stan (Phil's inlaws!)

29.05.17 Well done Jezzer, another inspirational performance ! Congrats to all the "Big Push" team.

29.05.17 Well done Jerry

28.05.17 Hope you all had a great day Jerry!


28.05.17 Wishing you all the best Jerry.x

28.05.17 All the best for the whole team! Well done Jerry for being so inspirational to us all.

28.05.17 From my better half, Sue. Best wishes, and hope the race recovery isn't too arduous. (It probably will be) Dave

28.05.17 Brilliant

28.05.17 Go for it Jerry and team from Phil and Julie


28.05.17 Good luck to all of you SO proud!

28.05.17 We still laugh at that brilliant Murder Mystery evening at Coningsby! Hope the day is safe for you.

28.05.17 CityUnited

28.05.17 Looking forward to being part of the push team, or at least attending th after event celebrations if you leave me standing at the start!. Susanna

28.05.17 Not too fast today Jerry!

28.05.17 Always an inspiration Jerry. Best of luck for number 9.... see you in town!


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