Siobhan Sharp

Charity

Headway - the brain injury association
Headway - the brain injury association is the UK's leading charity working to improve life after brain injury. Headway - the brain injury association provides support and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields. Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life - walking, talking, thinking and feeling - and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing the life you once lived and the person you once were. Brain injury is the foremost cause of death and disability in young people today. Headway - the brain injury association campaigns nationally for the introduction of measures to reduce instances of brain injury.
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Siobhan Sharp

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SiobhanSharp

I am humbled and so thankful for all the sponsorship so far.

Once I reach £3000 I will not raise my target again. 

HOWEVER if you do still want to sponsor me once I have reached my target that would be wonderful.

Anything over £3000 will be a wonderful bonus for me and a great deal of help for Headway.

I am now so close to marathon day and I want to say a big thanks for all your support so far! I will be at The Cock pub in Fulham from 3.30pm (ish) on the day to celebrate and you are more then welcome to join. 

You can track my progress on my running blog here. 


Why I'm running for Headway

In May 2016 I watched Louis Theroux's documentary A Different Brain focusing on people living with brain injury. I already knew about Headway and that they support people with brain injury. This documentary made me realise how there must be so many more people who need that support. 

The next day I applied to run the London Marathon for Headway. So here I am. 

Every 90 seconds someone in the UK is admitted to Hospital with a brain injury and it is estimated that 1 in 64 people in the UK are currently living with the effects of a brain injury.

Unfortunately it is something that can happen to anyone at any age.

Brain injury affects each person in different ways. Even seemingly subtle problems can completely change the lives of people with brain injury and their loved ones.

Headway is as UK wide charity with one simple remit: TO IMPROVE LIFE AFTER BRAIN INJURY. They truly are amazing and offer such wonderful support to so many people. 

I am in awe of the work they do. 

They provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers, and professionals. They also work to help raise awareness about the topic. 


How I discovered Headway:

A few years ago my friends Amy and Will experienced something really awful. In March 2013 Will had a bleed in his brain which left him for a short while in a coma. When ready to leave hospital Amy (his now wife) moved to Cheltenham to be his carer.

Amy said "We lived through the worst day of both our lives. We have been through uncertainty, through pain and through adjusting. We live with the effects of Will's brain injury daily." 

Headway helped Amy and Will. Every Wednesday Will goes to (and still does go to) his local Headway group and they support him to adjust to life after brain injury. 

"Over the months and years the effect has become routine, become 'normal'"

That moment every Wednesday not only helped Will but also supported Amy. It gave her a moment every week where she didn't have to worry (as much as usual) about Will. 

I ran my first Half Marathon (with my lovely boyfriend Stu) for Amy and Will's local Headway in 2014 because of the amazing support they had provided for them. I vowed NEVER to do a full marathon!

Since then Amy and Will are moving forward with their lives in such a positive and inspiring way.

Now they are finding their 'normality' it is a reminder that there are some who have just experienced that worst day and I want to support Headway in continuing to help others.

If you would like to hear more about Amy and Will's story you can read Will's blog here


To find out more about Headway visit their website here. 

Recent donors

27.04.17 Well done Siobhan. Thanks for supporting Headway.

27.04.17 Well done!!

27.04.17

26.04.17 Well done Siobhan! Cracking time for your debut. But don't go thinking this is the end of your running career.

25.04.17 Well done x

25.04.17 Well done Siobhan, you smashed it! Xx

24.04.17 From Barry the Unicorn x

24.04.17 Great time - you should be very proud of that as well as raising money for a great cause!

24.04.17 Congratulations!! Incredible achievement!!

24.04.17 Smashed it Siobhan well done! Xx

23.04.17 Great run Siobhan! Congratulations. Hope you've had a great day. Sian x

22.04.17 Lovely Siobhan, run like the wind! Wishing you all love and luck for the big day xxx

22.04.17 Good Luck Siobhan, knowing you and your determination, this will be a well completed effort. Have no doubt you will finish in style.

22.04.17

22.04.17 You go girl! You've done amazingly!!!

22.04.17 Good Luck for tomorrow Siobhan! You're beyond inspiring! Go on girl!

22.04.17 Good luck Siobhan!

22.04.17 Good luck Siobhan

22.04.17 Good luck, I know you'll smash it! I've been following your blog and you've been working so hard!

21.04.17 Happy Running Siobhan. Well done in advance, you'll smash it x

21.04.17 Hi Siobhan, we think you're doing an amazing thing for an amazing charity. Good luck for Sunday.

20.04.17 Hope it goes really well and that you enjoy the experience, it's an amazing achievement!

20.04.17 What a great charity to support. Wishing you the very best of luck on Sunday, enjoy the day and all the support, you deserve it. Lots of love, Tricia.?

20.04.17 Shoulders back, head up, and remember to keep looking around. It's going to be one of the amazing days of your life and you are - almost literally - one in a million for doing what you're doing. Love and respect Sarah xx

19.04.17 Go Siobhan go!

£4,108.20

Running total

Target:
£3,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£4,657.75
Total donors:
130
Last donor:
John Mary Phillips
27.04.17  
Offline fundraising:
£616.00
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