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Theresia Cadwallader

Sailing from Australia to China

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My 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

20 Jan 2020


Nov 12, 2019

Paul and Alex Ainscough

Good luck!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 7, 2019

Toby Garland

Good luck!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 6, 2019

Joanna Bleau

Such an exciting adventure. Good luck. Joanna x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 5, 2019


Sail safe and fair winds, my baking buddy!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 4, 2019

Rory Smith

Great cause and best of luck!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2019

Jonathan Berkson

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 26, 2019

Linden Sweeney

Good luck and enjoy x


Sep 1, 2019

Checky and Ollie

What an amazing adventure!!! Wishing you all the best and love.

Aug 31, 2019

Mandy Oliphant

I think this is the most amazing challenge which I know you will ‘sail’ through Theresia because you are specially strong, sharing and caring. Wish I could be there to cheer you all on but I will follow you on your fb page. Much luv :)


Aug 23, 2019

R and H

Don’t forget to frequently shout “avast behind!” - it will help build team spirit xx