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[p]Thank you for visiting my Virgin Money Giving page – you’ve made the hardest step![/p][p]I am raising money for the Swanley Therapy Centre and Swanley Unit for Multiple Sclerosis by walking up Mount Snowden on the 20th April 2019. [/p][p]The Centre (a charity) provides oxygen therapy to adults with Multiple Sclerosis in Southeast London and Kent and is a focal point for developing complimentary well-being services to the community who use it. [/p][p]From time to time, they also help out people like me with post operative recuperation after sports injuries. [/p][p]On the 22nd April 2018 I crashed my bike while racing at Anglesey, breaking my Tibia, Fibula and Talus bones in my right ankle. The hospital in Bangor were amazing and gave me the best chance of making a good recovery but due to the nature of a Talur fracture there was still a one in three chance the damaged bone would die and the ankle joint would need to be fused solid. [/p][p]When I arrived home I began searching for ways to improve the chances of a good outcome and I found Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Swanley Unit for Multiple Sclerosis. I got in touch and they couldn’t have been kinder or more willing to help. I went to the centre for HBOT up to three times per week for three months while I was on crutches and within 6 months the surgeons were satisfied that the Talus bone was healed, something they said could take two years after the surgery. [/p][p]In addition to the physical healing, the kindness and support offered from both the volunteers who run it and also my fellow users of the centre is something that I will forever remember and be grateful for. [/p][p]Despite the challenges the injury still presents, one year on I thought I should take the opportunity to make use of my reconstructed bones and try to give something back to the people that helped me get back on my feet so on the 20th April we’re walking up Mount Snowden. [/p][p]We’ll be taking the Rhyd Ddu path, 13.7 kilometres with a total climb of 895m and should take about 6 hours there and back, a walk that looked distinctly unlikely and unachievable one year ago. [/p][p]For all of the people that continue to use the centre and for those who give up their time to make it happen, please help me to help them and donate some money to support Swanley Unit for Multiple Sclerosis. [/p][p]Thank you [/p]