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Theresia Takes to the Sea

2 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]My name's Theresia. I'm embarking on an ocean race to fundraise for the Neuro Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward L06 at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) who, 9 years ago, saved our son's life. Having spoken with the neuro ICU team, I want to help them buy the equipment they need to save even more lives. You can help by making donations on this page.[/p][p] The target is [b]£30,000[/b] - to buy an Ultrasound System for cranial monitoring.[/p][p]It’s a lot of money, but with your help I think we can make it. And if we go over, there's an ultrasound machine for cranial monitoring that would be very helpful too!![/p][p]So what am I doing and why am I doing it?[/p][p]I am a jeweller, former civil engineer and mother. I don’t have a lot of sailing experience, but I have been accepted to crew a 70-foot racing yacht to sail from Australia to China on Leg 5 of the [b]2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race[/b]. Starting in January 2020, I will be at sea for approximately 37 days covering a distance of about 5700 nautical miles. [/p][p]I am doing it because our son, who loved sailing, suffered a very severe traumatic brain injury in Leeds in 2010. He was lucky to be treated at the neuro ICU at the LGI and they saved his life through their dedication, skill, hard work and willingness to think outside the box. He was very ill and had to stay in their care for 6 weeks until he was stable enough to move to other units - the ward was our home too for those 6 weeks. After 8 months in hospital, he underwent 5 years’ intensive rehabilitation. He is still improving.[/p][p]One of the reasons I am doing the Clipper Race is that I hope I can put the skills I gain to use in getting my son sailing again. And I need a break from helping look after his recovery![/p][p]That winter on the ICU was one of the worst we ever experienced - but the team was fantastic. Leeds was snowed under but the nurses stayed beyond their shifts until the relief shift came; some walked for over 2 hours through the snow to get there. They looked after our son, and they looked after us too, they rode the highs and lows with us throughout. They were so skillful and used such enormous creativity in saving his life and stabilising him. They were utterly dedicated.[/p][p]By fundraising for them I hope to give them what they need to carry out even more incredible work. It’s also my thank you to them for saving our son’s life. [b]Through this, I hope more lives can be saved. [/b][/p][p]To our family and friends who have supported us before, to new friends, and everyone, can I ask once again if you could help me to help LGI Neuro ICU to save more lives through your generous donations. You never know when you or people you know will need their help.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

18 Jan 2020



Apr 3, 2020

Carol Cunningham

Well done Theresa, such a great achievement

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 3, 2020


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 30, 2020

Nick Brier

Well done - what a great adventure and pleased to hear you've now returned home safely!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 10, 2020


Such an amazing achievement Theresia, massive well done!! And well done Jord for helping with the half marathon! Very proud x


Mar 9, 2020

Pam Meredith Davies

Many congratulations on completing your voyage- what an amazing achievement! I hope you are able to reach your target for this wonderful unit in Leeds and I hope your son continues to make good progress. Sending love to you all - remember me to Beatrice x


Mar 9, 2020

Elaine Willis

Good luck with it all. Hope your son gets to enjoy sailing once more.


Mar 7, 2020

Diane Cummins

I don’t know you, but your story pulled on my heart strings! Good luck wit your ambitious endeavor!


Mar 6, 2020

Nigel and Jan

You are amazing Theresia! A fantastic opportunity for you and a great cause to raise money for.

£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Mar 3, 2020


Incredible challenge Theresia, you’re an amazing mum. Jordan told me your story. S


Mar 3, 2020


All the best Jord for the half marathon on 07/07/2020. x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Theresia Cadwallader

Theresia Cadwallader

Jordan Clarke

Jordan Clarke