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Ben Mitchell

London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My reason for fundraising is best described in my wife Kelly’s own words... [/p][p][br][/p][p][i]At the beginning of Feb 2014, my life changed pretty much overnight. [/i][/p][p][i]I had been having strange sensations and in my back, and occasionally in the past had experienced problems waking up with a stiff neck, but this was very different. [/i][/p][p][i]My head was turning to one side all on its own. No matter how much I tried to keep looking straight ahead, it would slowly turn to my right. A few days later I was permanently stuck, and to top that off I began to have head tremors. I wasn’t sure which part I was more scared of.[/i][/p][p][i]I went to see my GP, she took one look at me and said that in 20 years she’d never seen anything like it.. oh great! She referred me to a Neurologist and he quickly diagnosed me with Cervical Dystonia. ‘A painful disorder in which your muscles contract involuntarily causing abnormal movements and awkward posture of the head and neck’ He said it was incurable, suddenly my world felt like it had fallen apart. [/i][/p][p][i]Those first few months were rough, I locked myself away at home, spent most of my days googling about it looking for answers, the tears never seemed to stay dry for long, the pain got much worse. Why me, what had I done to deserve this at 36? I was in a dark place and knew I had to keep trying to pull myself out of it.[/i][/p][p][i]The months went by, I was managing the muscle spasms with Botox injections and saw a Chiropractor to try to straighten up my twisted back. My whole body was trying to over compensate and I was in a bad way. [/i][/p][p][i]I changed my diet, tried all sorts of supplements, started seeing a physiotherapist, all along I never gave up believing that I would find a way to get better. [/i][/p][p][i]Fast forward to November 2017, I’m still struggling every day but just getting on with my life to the best of my ability. In my constant search for help I join a Facebook group that suggest there could be a dental connection to Dystonia. I watch videos of others getting better, I’m fascinated, I have to give this a try. This is a fairly recent study and America is way ahead of us, but in a rare piece of luck there is a specialist in the UK and he’s is the same county as me! [/i][/p][p][i]I had my first appointment in December, and by January I’d had x-rays and an MRI of my TMJ’s. They confirmed that my jaw discs were displaced on both sides, obstructing the nerves that run through the area and triggering the muscle spasms. We had discovered the cause! [/i][/p][p][i]Then came the shock of the treatment costs, we’d already had to pay out nearly £2000 to get this far. It would take a couple of years wearing specially made appliances in my mouth to move my cranial bones, my teeth and my jaw to the correct position. A cost that would run into thousands, I finally had a chance, but couldn’t afford to pay for it. [/i][/p][p][i]Coincidently my manager had shown our branch a video about the EIC and he suggested that I give them a call. I’ve worked in Admin for Edmundson Electrical for 19 years, and my Husband had worked in the warehouse for 15 years. We’d both heard of the EIC but never really known what they did, let alone the fact they might be able to help us. [/i][/p][p][i]After an initial conversation with Tessa, we applied for financial assistance, and they said yes! We were in shock! I could actually go for it.. I cried, a lot, but happy tears this time. [/i][/p][p][i]I’m so pleased to say that I’m 9 months into my new treatment and already seeing amazing progress. It’s uncomfortable at times, awkward to talk and eat but it’s working so far and I look forward to see what comes with each month that goes by instead of dreading it. [/i][/p][p][i]As soon as we heard that the EIC has places for the London Marathon my husband Ben knew he wanted to run for them. A chance to say thank you! [/i][/p][p][i]We’ve been together for over 20 years and he’s been my rock through all this. It’s his first marathon and he deserves lots of support, so please donate what you can and help us to give something back. [/i][/p][p] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p]I am undertaking the Electrical Industry Charity's Challenge for a Cause in 2019, by competing in the world famous and grueling London Marathon. The aim is to raise vital funds for an extremely worthwhile cause; the Caz Dickinson appeal.[/p][p]Caz Dickinson, a mother, grandmother and loving wife spent 15 years working in the electrical industry for a wholesaler until her life changed in the blink of an eye. In 2009, Caz suffered a coughing fit and suddenly collapsed, hitting her head on the bathroom floor. She was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain haemorrhage. This has left irreversible brain damage. The family has struggled without financial aid. The ongoing expenses, combined with Caz's husband being made redundant, resulted in the family losing their home in 2013.[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1TW_BVPuCpc?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me where donations will be quickly processed and passed to the EIC. Collectively with other fundraisers the EIC hope to raise £250,000 for the Dickinson family to provide them with a lasting family home for Caz's development and care.[/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p][p]Your support is greatly appreciated and many thanks in advance for any donations.[/p]

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May 1, 2019

Ben Austin

Great effort!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Mark Fontaine

Well done Ben


Apr 28, 2019

Mike Burton

Go Ben Go. All the best. Mike. x


Apr 28, 2019

Andy Cotton

Good Luck Ben! Andy, Nicky and the Boys

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019

Nicky Cotton

Good Luck Ben - Love to all the family. Love Andy, Nicky and the boys. xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Lucy Smith

Good Luck Ben , I am sure you wish smash it! Lucy :) x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Hiren Patel

Good Luck Ben..........

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

EEL Weybridge

All the best for Sunday Ben, from everyone at Edmundson Weybridge.


Apr 24, 2019