David Killick

David Killick

12 Hour Ultra Marathon Run

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am doing my 2.6 challenge on the 2nd June undertaking a 12 hour endurance run in the confines of a school playing field and here is the reason why.[/p][p]Many of you know (or may not but you will now) that I am an athletics coach for Leighton Buzzard AC. 4 years ago I was contacted by a transplant patient who was in recovery from a liver transplant and was seeking a goal, something to aim for to aid his recovery. I didn't know his full story then and like many probably assumed why he needed a liver transplant. Simply his goal we talked about in our initial meet was to win a medal at the World Transplant Games in Discus throwing.[/p][p]At the time this seemed crazy but I went with it, starting him as a basic thrower (almost like a junior) and bit by bit grew his strength and ability to enter his first discus competition. It may not seem a big thing but this was a new life being realised. As his confidence grew so did his target and off he went to the British Transplant games in 2018 in Birmingham which was also a qualifier for Team GB for the World Transplant Games. He won Gold. Also he had developed a passion for swimming, winning medals in the pool as well.[/p][p]During that time I got to know this athlete quite well and gradually found out the story of why he was here. Sadly he lost his daughter who was a young teenager from a sudden and rare illness. With grief affecting his mental health he turned to homeopathy to help with depression. Unfortunately the plant based St John’s Wort he took had a profound side effect and very suddenly his liver failed and he was put on an emergency donor list. Whichever way you look at it someone tragically died but gave him a new liver and a new life. He had amazing surgeons and staff at the Royal Free Hospital in London who gave him that new life and still look after him as an outpatient today. Why discus? It was his daughter’s event when she competed at athletics before her untimely death.[/p][p]In 2019 I watched in Gateshead this athlete win Discus Bronze at the World Transplant game. I will admit there was no massive outpouring of emotion, just a gentle nod, maybe a shout of yes, but quiet contemplation of the support circle around him that made it possible. He also won medals in the pool for team GB at the games as well.[/p][p]For that reason I am raising funds for The Royal Free Hospital, London, which at this time is under massive pressure from COVID. I am splitting the fund raising with MIND BLMK for their work in supporting mental health and wellbeing. At this time more than ever people are under greater stress and anxiety and need their support. [/p][p]I would like to think if anyone needed help that this fundraising would allow both causes to carry on the great work they do.[/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

02 Jun 2020

Supporters


Jul 9, 2020

Valentina

Well done David!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jun 10, 2020

Jim - LFR.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jun 3, 2020

Sarah and Wayne

Amazing thing to do both for the charities themselves and for my brother Nick. Good luck.


Jun 3, 2020

Olivia C

Well done David


Jun 3, 2020

Nicolas Aunt and Nicks Sister

Both great causes. And good luck on your run.


Jun 3, 2020

Hawkins

Good Job on exceeding your target!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jun 3, 2020

Debbie Wheeler

Well done David

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jun 2, 2020

Iona Daly

Well done David

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jun 2, 2020

Adam Haylock

Amazing and such a great cause

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Jun 2, 2020

Richard I

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid

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