Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.
Total raised so far£0.00
Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00
Raised offline: £0.00
[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Southern Spinal Injuries Trust. 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]About SSIT - it gives financial support to both the Salisbury Spinal Unit and individuals with a spinal injury by fundraising to supply equipment. SSIT recently raised the funds to buy an adapted minibus for the Spinal Unit to enable staff to take patients out as part of their rehabillitation. Please have a look at the website for more information on their brilliant work.[/p][p]About me and why I am doing this - my partner and I had a road traffic accident 3 years ago on our way home from a visit to my family in Cornwall. Suffice to say it was a very serious accident which changed our lives forever. Amongst various other bones, I broke my neck in 2 places at C5/6 and as a result I am paralysed from the shoulders down. I have limited movement in my arms but no movement in my hands, torso and legs. I rely on my partner and 24 hour support workers to help me with my daily tasks.[/p][p]Why am I doing this? - because after being brilliantly cared for by Exeter and Winchester I.C.Us, I went to Salisbury Spinal Unit, and was brilliantly cared for and rehabillitated for 6 months. I have continued working on my rehabillitation at home and with physio and hydrotherapy. I now go to hydrotherapy at LB Healthcare in Whitely every Monday evening.[/p][p]How do I swim? - Good question, and my short answer is like a penguin on it's back! See photo gallery :-) The long answer is - I have floats around my neck, knees and one under my waist; and lying on my back I scull with my arms. I have one Support Worker standing at each end of the pool to help turn me around and keep count of the number of lengths. I confess to being more than a little anxious about achieving my target of 200 lengths - but hey ho here we go. [/p][p]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]hurrah, I did it, 200 lengths which is 1.04 miles in 1 hour and 7 minutes and I am buzzing. We have raised £4100 so far, let's get it to a round £5000 for a wonderful charity that may end up helping you or a loved one Southern Spinal Injuries Trust. See photos of the final outcome in more photos.[/p]