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Simon Parker

London Classics Medal Challenge

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My story

[p]In 2002 I unexpectedly awoke one February morning with a back ache and numbness in my left leg and foot. After diaganosis that I had "slipped" two of the discs in my lower back I was treated by having a discectomy. Luckily for me there had been no permanent damage to my spinal cord/nerves meaning that I am able to undertake pretty much every activity I want to or my wife, Caroline, will allow !![/p][p]In 2011 my sister, Sharon, suffered a similar fate and also slipped two discs in her lower back again resulting in her having to undergo a similar surgical procedure. Unfortunately for her this was not as successful as my operation had been and post operation she continued to have issues with numbness and loss of feeling her in one of her feet and lower leg. [/p][p]After various attempts to revive/stimulate the section of damaged spinal cord/nerve failed and after a two year consultation period, the decision was made for Sharon to be fitted with a Nevro Senza HF10 Spinal Cord Simulator in 2015. Although this assists with easing pain and allows her to walk about quite freely, this does have differing degrees of success and some days does not provide the relief that she really needs.[/p][p]Neither Sharon or I undertake high risk activities and both work in everyday office jobs so for the two of us to sustain a similar injury made me realise that anyone anywhere can be affected by this type of injury and the level of recovery can differ greatly even though two people can have almost identical symptoms and undergo the same treatment.[/p][p]Being an amateur runner and enjoying the freedom this activity gives as well as reaping the health benefits I decided to take on the challenge of the London Marathon, but in doing so want to raise money for a cause that means something to me. Finding out about the great work that Aspire does in helping people with spinal cord injuries live as independently as possible the charity became an obvious choice for me. Please help me by sponsoring me as much as you can afford. The money will go to a very worthy cause.[/p][p]Thanks[/p][p]Simon[/p]

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May 17, 2019

Lauren Lieser

Well done Simon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 11, 2019

Michael F

Great effort! Really well done!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019



May 1, 2019

Emma Watson

Good effort Simon!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

James T

Good luck

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019

Ben W

Imagine your running away from Barbara and all will be fine :-)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019


Best of British luck - NB your revised mileage rate!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019



£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2019

Loretta Lain

Good Luck on Sunday

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2019

Leah Newcombe

Good Luck Simon!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid