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Louise Laurie

2.6 Challenge and Machu Picchu Trek

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My story

[p][b]Update 24/04/20 - 2.6 Challenge![/b][/p][p]This year marks [b]10 years since I had life-changing surgery on my spine[/b] to correct severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine). [/p][p]To raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund I was planning on running Manchester Marathon in April this year, as well as completing a charity trek to Machu Picchu in October. [/p][p]As a result of the coronavirus, the Manchester Marathon has been postponed, although I completed all the training [b]including a [/b][url=https://www.instagram.com/p/B9hWbbZHcUL/][b]20 mile run[/b][/url][b] just before lockdown! [/b][/p][p]My Machu Picchu trek WILL be going ahead, whether this is October or at a later date. [/p][p][b]I STILL NEED YOUR HELP![/b][/p][p]For the past few weeks I have been trying to think about what I can do to fundraise from home, that doesn't break the government rules or put my health at risk. [/p][p]Then, I came across the [url=https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/]2.6 challenge[/url] which has been launched to save the UK's charities![/p][p]The Covid-19 pandemic has had a [b]catastrophic effect[/b] on smaller charities, like the Scoliosis Campaign Fund, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. [/p][p]To support this challenge and raise funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund, I will be running [b]2.6 miles[/b] [b]every day for 26 days[/b], starting on the 26th April. [/p][p]Please sponsor me - every penny counts and it helps the Scoliosis Campaign Fund to keep going at a time when people need them the most. [/p][p]I'll be posting updates on my challenge daily on my [url=https://www.instagram.com/missloobie_runs/]Instagram[/url], so be sure to follow me and keep updated :)[/p][p][b]My Story[/b][/p][p]I had [b]scoliosis surgery[/b] on July 29th 2010. Iā€™m fused T3 to L3, which basically means that pretty much my whole spine is fused apart from 3 discs at the bottom. You can see my x-rays and scoliosis scar below.[/p][p]Following my surgery, it took me over a year to fully recover and I had to learn the basics again. It was a very painful and long recovery, I couldn't even sit up in bed or get in the shower by myself for some time. [/p][p]Today, I still get pain, my breathing is affected and I have numbness and nerve issues but my quality of life is so much better than before I had the surgery. Going through something like this makes you really appreciate life and I still find it hard to believe all the things I can do now, it's truly amazing what the human body is capable of. [/p][p][b]To celebrate 10 years with a titanium spine[/b], I have decided to push myself further than I have before by running an actual marathon in April - [b]Manchester Marathon 2020[/b]! Then in October, I plan to take on a [b]10 day trek to Machu Picchu[/b], which is something I've really wanted to do for a while now. I'll be posting updates on my training over on my [url=https://www.instagram.com/missloobie_runs/]Instagram[/url] and [url=https://helpformyscoliosis.com/]blog[/url], so be sure to follow me and keep updated :)[/p][p][b]The Trek to Machu Picchu is graded as Tough and will involve:[/b][/p][p]-Trekking an average of 8 hours a day[/p][p]-Trekking at high altitude[/p][p]-The maximum altitude reached is 4600m above sea level[/p][p]-Trekking through remote areas where facilities are basic[/p][p][br][/p][p]My aim with these challenges is to push myself and inspire others with scoliosis but also to raise awareness of the condition, as although very common, it is still relatively unknown. [/p][p]I really need your support in raising as much money and awareness as possible. All money donated will go towards the [b]Scoliosis Campaign Fund.[/b] [/p][p]Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises money to support people with scoliosis and their families, and fund research into finding the causes of scoliosis and treatments to improve quality of life for patients.[/p][p]Scoliosis Campaign Fund was launched in November 2007, and is a joint fundraising venture between British Scoliosis Research Foundation, who fund research into the causes and treatment of scoliosis and Scoliosis Association (UK), a patient support charity. The two organisations have worked closely for several years and became officially affiliated in November, 2006. All money raised from the activities is divided equally between the two charities.[/p][p]There is still little knowledge or understanding of scoliosis, which can make it difficult for people to access the care and information that they need, and can leave them feeling isolated and unsure where to turn.[/p][p] Scoliosis Campaign Fund allows SAUK to continue its work supporting people with scoliosis and their families so that no-one has to go through scoliosis alone.[/p][p]Thank you for your support [lt]3[/p][p]Louise X[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Oct 12, 2020

CV Screen Ltd with H2eCommerce

Charity Donation from CV Screen in partnership with H2eCommerce. A great cause supported once again. Best wishes

£50.00

May 22, 2020

Julie

Well done! I think you are amazing xx

£10.00

May 22, 2020

Damian

Lou legend Laurie

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

May 21, 2020

Claire Kivlin

Well done šŸ‘šŸ»šŸŽ‰

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 21, 2020

Serena

Well done Louise. Brilliant running, such an inspiration.

£10.00

May 21, 2020

Kenneth

Congratulations hun I knew you would do it

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

May 21, 2020

Jo

£15.00

May 21, 2020

Anonymous

£10.00

May 20, 2020

Steve L

Louise, you are an inspiration! Mightily impressed you've (almost!) reached the end of your challenge šŸ˜€ x

May 18, 2020

Darren

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid