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Jerry Ward

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The Great Manchester Run 2015– Fatty's Big Push - The Big Push 8!

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 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! 

In previous years the team have raised funds for many different charities, mostly those related to spinal-cord injury, cancer or children.  However, this year the team have decided to split our fundraising between three charities, all 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.

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:

Many of my team have served in the RAF or Royal Navy, including operationally in the first Gulf War. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait, currently there is no Memorial to those who lost their life whilst serving for the British forces. The Gulf War Memorial trust Association will be unveiling a Memorial to the 47 service personnel who lost their lives in that conflict at the national Memorial Arboretum next next February.

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

Recent donors

12.07.15 Better late than never. Well done team

16.06.15 you know me, always late!


23.05.15 From the lovely lady who met Fatty's family at the start line. Thank you! Fatty X


21.05.15 Jerry' a dontions from one of my golfing pals, Paul Noble Phil

19.05.15 Great effort, as ever!

15.05.15 Good luck with the push

14.05.15 Well done!

13.05.15 Well done

13.05.15 Good job Jerry.Spurs could do with 11 guys with your spirit and determination.

13.05.15 Hope all went well on the day.Apologies for being "late on parade"! Best wishes Ros & Mike

12.05.15 All the Best, Jerry!

12.05.15 Another great effort Jerry, well done!

12.05.15 Well done team - great effort by all!

11.05.15 Well done Jerry and the team. Had an extra beer for you last Friday at the Association dinner. Sorry you couldn't make it.

11.05.15 Better late than never!


10.05.15 Congrats - again



10.05.15 We hope the push went well!

10.05.15 Good luck team! At least the weather's a bit less brutal this year!

10.05.15 Best of luck Jerry and the team!

10.05.15 We've never met but I wish you a speedy race. Good luck. Roger Hills. BA.


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