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Michael Ransome

2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]'With many wondering , 'why?', and having to struggle with my own doubts, I have once again concluded that the mixture of a 'challenge', and the opportunity to support the very worthy work undertaken by ASPIRE, are good enough reasons to run my 7th consecutive London Marathon! [/p][p]ASPIRE is a charity that seeks to assist those with spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis. A diagnosis of paralysis is a life changing one, bringing much uncertainty for those with the injury, as well as for their family and friends. [/p][p]People with Spinal Cord Injury will lose muscle and sensory control below the level of their injury, and a large majority will become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives. Historically, the majority of spinal injuries have been sustained by those aged 21 to 30, with nearly three quarters of newly spinally injured people being male. However, Spinal Cord Injury is increasingly affecting older people now too.[/p][p]ASPIRE offers many invaluable services at any point in time to those with a spinal cord injury. For example, ASPIRE provides short term housing that is fully wheelchair accessible, to enable patients to be discharged from hospital to live with, or at least close to, their families whilst long-term solutions are sought. It also offers grants for equipment such as environmental controls, technology to ensure computer access is available to all, advice to patients in hospital, and ongoing welfare advice. [/p][p]Through the efforts of ASPIRE much can be, and is, achieved. There is a cost, of course, and the charity seeks to meet much of this through the sponsored challenges undertaken by willing supporters, and the encouragement they are given by family, friends, and many others encountered in their daily lives. [/p][p]I am made particularly aware of the realities of life after spinal cord injury by the accounts of my daughter, Selina, who continues her marvellous work, as a physiotherapist, with patients at The London Spinal Cord Injury centre in Stanmore[/p][p]As noted above, I am taking part in the Virgin London Marathon for the 7th consecutive year; many have been generous in their support in the past and I am hoping that they will once again help here, primarily to assist the work of ASPIRE, but also to spur me on in my Marathon endeavour, with those long, sometimes solitary, training runs, in sub zero temperatures (as most recently encountered on Sunday, 3 February, on the roads to and from, and pathways of, Ruislip Lido. The water in parts was certainly frozen!) And, of course, the 26.2 miles on Sunday, 28 April![/p][p]Thank you for reading this. [/p][p]Best wishes [/p][p]Mike/Michael[/p][p](Michael Ransome)[/p][p][br][/p]

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29-Jan-2019

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£50.00