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The_Towers _Team's fundraising page

19 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt]Hi, thanks for visiting our page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]TOWERS CHALLENGE BACKGROUND AND CONCEPT BRIEF[/span][/b][/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] On 02 July 2013, Paul a serving Royal Marines Officer and Ian his brother a serving Royal Naval Senior non commissioned Officer  (Submariner) were out on a routine training ride ahead of a charity sportive in support of the British Heart Foundation when conditions changed resulting in a near fatal accident.  Paul lost control of his bike colliding with a brick pillar at a speed of 33 MPH. [/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] Ian, a qualified First Aider took control of the incident scene and stabilised Paul before calling an ambulance from a nearby house, as there was no mobile phone coverage. The first responders unable to deal with the incident requested a Trauma doctor and put the West Sussex Air ambulance on stand by.  Once stabilised Paul was eventually moved by road to Chichester St Richards Hospital.   Ian’s quick thinking and immediate action is credited with saving his brothers live at the scene.[/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] Not all Injures sustained were immediately apparent, It was obvious though that spinal injury was more than likely.  Once x-rayed and scanned it was established that Paul had suffered a fractured skull, breaks to the C4 vertebrae, compression fractures to the T2,3,5 and 6 vertebrae,  2 cracked ribs,  chips to the left wrist and right elbow, as well as requiring reconstruction work on his right hand . [/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] Surgeons at both Chichester St Richard’s hospital, and Southampton Neurological Unit were instrumental in the immediate aftercare and surgery necessary to turn Paul’s condition around from almost certain quadriplegia, to being fully functional again.  Having had spinal surgery on 06 Jul 2013 Paul was up and walking within 9 hours and planning his recovery path, and a way of saying thanks to those who had supported him. [/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] It was almost immediately post surgery that the Towers challenge concept was borne.  The concept is not unique, but the challenge for an individual who has sustained such injuries is.   The concept, ride from London Tower Bridge to the Eiffel tower via Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth in less than 48 hours.  [/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] The idea in more detail, A peloton + Paul will leave London on the 29 June 2014 arriving in Paris on the evening of 30 June traveling via Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, transiting to Caen with Brittany Ferries .  The aim is to raise at least £100K to be split between 4 charities, those being Royal Navy Royal Marine Charitable Trust, Love your Hospital, the Chichester St Richards Hospital charity, Southampton General Hospital Neurological Units charitable trust fund, and the British Heart Foundation.[/p] [lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;"[gt] The Peloton and support crew is made up of riders from all three services as well as civilian riders all of whom Paul and Ian know.  Each rider has pledged to raise a minimum of £1000. Individually on top of any corporate sponsorship individuals can obtain. For updated information follow the link to the towers challenge web site here:[url=http://www.thetowerschallenge.com/]http://www.thetowerschallenge.com[/url][/p]

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Jim Bergeron

Well done Paul!



Nicola & Simon

Well done Paul and friends, absolutely amazing, your achievements are inspirational x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Sarah Lees

Well done on completing your towers challenge

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



Well done Nige.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Ships Company..."Fantastic Effort Team!"

£879.00 plus £219.75 Gift Aid


Pete Allen

Fundraising proceeds from the Royal Navy Police Special Investigations Branch.



17 PM Warrent Officers and ****ts Mess.

Well done to the team.




Money well spent for once. Well done

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Nicky Crook

Well done Katharine and the rest of the team.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


The Hammerer Family

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Paul Spanner

Paul Spanner

Julian Highnam

Julian Highnam

marc ryan

marc ryan

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Lisa Mortimore

Lisa Mortimore

Katharine Jones

Katharine Jones

Sean Jones

Sean Jones

Mel Glasspool

Mel Glasspool

Carl Brazier

Carl Brazier

Sam Arnold

Sam Arnold

gabrielle saunderson

gabrielle saunderson

Ian Spanner

Ian Spanner

Mark Hassell

Mark Hassell

Karl Williams

Karl Williams

Nathan Giles

Nathan Giles

Paul Gillooly

Paul Gillooly

Mitch Youngman

Mitch Youngman

Nigel Pritchard

Nigel Pritchard

Peter Allen

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