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John Buttrick

John Buttrick

My 10K challenge


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi Everyone [/p][p]It’s John Buttrick here, probably you don’t remember me but I founded Kingston upon Hull Children’s University way back in the mid nineties. [/p][p]Sadly I had to retire in 2015 due to ill health but so delighted it continues to flourish. [/p][p]My illness was diagnosed as vasculitis , inflammation of the blood vessels leading to the brain. It wasn’t until around four years later that I fully recovered. Almost two of those years were spent on my sofa with various other ailments setting in. [/p][p]I became severely depressed and my mental health was in tatters. Lost the sense of balance so couldn’t walk properly, my speech became slurred and I was devoid of energy and put on two stone in weight. I was a mess with self esteem and confidence rock bottom. I didn’t even have the bottle to go outside! [/p][p]My recovery was gradual due to several experiences and support none more so than my wife Lesley and daughter Nikki who became my rocks. [/p][p]Other close friends and colleagues gave their support too and the acquisition of a pet dog, Poppy who persuaded me to take her for walks played a significant role in my rehabilitation and mindset change. [/p][p]Then one day I received a letter from Buckingham Palace to inform me that the Queen wished to award me an MBE in her Birthday Honours list for my services to the Children of Hull. [/p][p]I can still feel the shivers sprinting up my spine, I felt humbled yet elated. It certainly gave me an emotional and psychological lift and it became a pivotal moment in my recovery. [/p][p]With my brain beginning to function ,my anxiety and depression starting to lift, I managed to escape my sofa and began walking again but with an unstable balance. I was still not fully recovered when I received my MBE from Prince William. [/p][p]Perhaps the most powerful force in my progress was when my daughter Nikki persuaded me to return to the gym! [/p][p]I was extremely anxious as I stepped through the doors as I was out of condition and my inside was pumped with medication . However since that day I’ve managed to turn my life around by working out and running almost every day.I had a period of uninterrupted gym activity but then Covid came along ! [/p][p]I’d been isolated through my illness for almost four years and now shielding at home due to my Extremely Clinically Vulnerable status. My Mycophenalate medication reduced my immune system to a very low level of resistance and if being hit by the virus my only survival was to keep myself fit, healthy and strong. [/p][p]In order to solve the problem of not being able to attend the gym I created a makeshift one in my garage! Never missed a daily session in my quest to become super fit ! Cross Training, cycling, weight lifting, mat exercising and running when Boris said I could take some outdoor activity! [/p][p]Luckily I’ve kept my fitness training as a priority in my life and it’s become a daily activity. [/p][p]Confidence and self esteem are back in tact and I’m looking forward to coming out of lockdown and enjoying the life I had prior to 2014 again. [/p][p]I had to retire from my post as Director of Hull Children’s University so didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye and thank all the hundreds of children and grown ups for their support of the innovative educational venture. [/p][p]So now it’s payback time! [/p][p]From hardly being able to walk to running and training daily, I’m going to run 10k on the 6th June and hopefully gain sponsorship in order to support HEY Children's University.[/p][p]I will also be donating to Alzheimer’s Research as I’ve watched my mum and many others in care homes deteriorate and lose their identity. [/p][p]I would be grateful for any sponsorship contributions towards young people at the start of their lives and those dementia sufferers towards the end of theirs . [/p][p]Thank you [/p][p]Dr John Buttrick MBE [/p][p][br][/p]
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Apr 15, 2021

Mark Stockdale BEM

Keep up the training John, and goid luck, you will do this.


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Apr 15, 2021

Dominic Gibbons

John Fantastic to see you back to good health. Great effort and inspirational as ever. Dominic


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Apr 13, 2021

Chris Fenwick


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Apr 6, 2021


Good luck John! I'll never forget the time I spent working at HCU and your inspiring outlook on life. Carpe Diem!


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Apr 4, 2021

Mike Keogh

Brilliant cause ! Good luck John 👍🏼


Mar 31, 2021

Claire Mudd

Good luck John - you got this ! Great to see you doing so well and being an inspiration.


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Mar 30, 2021

Eve Clark

Go on John! You can do this!


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Mar 29, 2021

David Smith

Mar 28, 2021


Good luck John! Hope you continue to go from strength to strength 💪


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Mar 28, 2021

Denys Fell

Great to see you back on track John!


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