Hamish McCullough

Hamish McCullough

SHARE ROADS... SAVE LIVES

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My story

[p]Hello guys, [/p][p]My name is Hamish McCullough and I'll be cycling the last 5 km of the White Horse Challenge on a trike-tandem. Some of you kind souls reading this will already know me and my story, and will therefore already be aware of the challenge's significance. For those of you meeting me for the first time, let me tell you a little of my story: [/p][p]On July 27th 2001, I suffered serious head and brain injuries when I was knocked off my bicycle in a road traffic collision in Kingston Lisle, near Wantage. After being induced into a coma, I spent the best part of that year in hospital and the subsequent 17 years in rehabilitation piecing my life back together with the help of healthcare professionals, friends, and of course my family. I lost much that day, including my ability to talk and my spontaneous freedom, physically and mentally. While I have developed a characterful form of sign language and relearned to walk, my injury shook my mind like a snow-globe, and it took many years for me to fully understand the new cognitive landscape into which I found myself thrown. This task I have set myself, to cycle the final part of the White Horse Challenge, isn't just about me getting back onto the bicycle after being knocked off, it is about me finding a little closure too. [/p][p]The ride out will be the first time I've cycled on the road on a bicycle since that fateful day. On top of this, the route I will be cycling will take me near where I was knocked off my bicycle. It's going to be emotional, for sure. [/p][p]I received so much assistance through the darker times of my rehabilitation. And while I know no one could have done the rehab for me, without the support and encouragement of others, I doubt I would have come so far. It is because of this that I now find real meaning in giving something back to the community in which I have found myself. [/p][p]The Silverlining Charity has for a long time now put great events together ranging from skiing trips and safaris to social events that help people with brain injuries feel more connected to society that they can so easily feel disconnected. It's easy to understand how such events enrich and improve rehabilitation. Half the money I raise will go to them to help continue their great work. [/p][p]The Children's Brain Injury Trust I have chosen as an additional charity to help support those that suffer injuries at a young age. I feel it is important for those of us who have been through such trauma to shine a light for those most vulnerable. To show life can be lived and equilibrium can be found again. I believe this charity does exactly that. [/p][p]Finally, I want to thank Royds Withy King for their continued support, not solely for all the work they do for my particular case but also with their backing for this event. Their support has meant I've been able to personalise this challenge and turn it into a campaign for sharing roads. While cyclists must take responsibility for their safety while on the roads, I believe I am living proof that all road users must save lives by sharing roads. We will have campaign t-shirts, car stickers, and wristbands for sale at the event. [/p][p]Over the last six months, My team and I have been working hard in the gym and I have nearly clocked over 100km which I expect to breach by the time of the race. Hopefully I will see lots of you at the finish line in Shrivenham memorial hall on the 22nd April, where we can have a chat and a cuppa tea, and who knows, maybe plan our next event. [/p][p]With love, [/p][p][br][/p][p]Hamish "The Cycling Potter" McCullough.[/p][p][br][/p]
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May 6, 2018

Doug and Patricia Dalrymple

Well done Hamish.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


May 2, 2018

James Bastin

Well done mate! Amazing effort for a great cause. Hope to see you soon for a beer

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


May 2, 2018

Grace

Well done Hamish - I saw pictures of you in the paper today and I must say, lycra really suits you! Hope to catch up soon x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


May 1, 2018

Anonymous

Good man, Hamish, well done, with love from Liz and Simon Doyle

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


May 1, 2018

Louise

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2018

Uncle Andrew

Well done Hamish. You make us very proud of you. Love Uncle Andrew

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2018

Mike Thomas

We are all very proud of you Hamish.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2018

SHEILA MATTHEWS

WELL DONE HAMISH.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 29, 2018

Hugh Baxter

Life is precious, life is tough, life is what we make it with the help of those around us. Thank you Hamish for the inspiration.


Apr 29, 2018

Jim Douglas

Well done Hamish. I saw the bike at your Dad's a brilliant achievement!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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