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Andy Leamon

Andy Leamon CRPSUK2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi and thank you for visiting my Virgin Money Giving page.[/p][p]My name is Andy, 35, and I'm from Southampton, Hampshire.[/p][p]I'm a Dad of 2 children & a Husband / Carer for my wife Kim.[/p][p]Here is my Story on why I am running the 2020 London Marathon.[/p][p]Due to the Pandemic of the Coronavirus, I'm now Running a the Virtual London Marathon in my own City of Southampton.[/p][p]Where do I start?[/p][p]December 2014, my Wife Kim had an accident at work and due to the nature of her role as a Health Care Assistant within a Mental Health Ward for the NHS, a patient kicked out and caused an injury to Kim's left knee leaving her unable to work until she was fit enough to return.[/p][p]July 2015, my Wife Kim went into Hospital for an operation to have a part of the cartilage removed from her left knee. What the future was to behold was something neither of us expected! Over time Kim struggled with pain and to get about using crutches for months after the operation and only seemed to be getting worse.[/p][p]Early 2016, we asked for a second opinion as no answers to why my wife wasn't recovering from a simple surgery, to be told that Kim has symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). My Wife was referred to the Southampton Pain Management Team.[/p][p]What is CRPS?[/p][p]https://crps-uk.org/about/[/p][p]A Year flew by and we're into 2017 and Kim's mobility had become worse at times to the point she had to be pushed around in a wheelchair as walking on crutches was too much for her due to the pain.[/p][p]The pain had increased, mobility was being reduced. As months went on, Kim was unable to wear a sock on her left foot, let alone a shoe due to the (CRPS) pain spreading from her Knee to her foot.[/p][p]Our family took part in a Channel 5 TV documentary in June 2017 called Rich House - Poor House and both saw this opportunity as a week's holiday living the life of the rich, highlighting Kim's disability and how hard it is to look after someone and live on one income. What we took away from the experience was money couldn't improve your health, but would make our life less stressful and could buy the essential things to have a better quality of living. When returning home from the swapped lives, we were greeted with an amazing gift of a mobility scooter which the Rich family had bought for Kim finding out about Kim's disability and mobility problems through friends. Still to this day we are entirely grateful and has been a massive asset for giving some sort of independents back for Kim.[/p][p]January 2018, Struggling and trying to cope with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Kim was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia just to add more pain on top of more pain![/p][p]Kim was referred to The Royal United Hospital of Bath for Rheumatic Diseases which specialises with patients that suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Kim was an inpatient in December 2018 for 2 weeks where she had Hydrotherapy, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry and group sessions with other patients that also suffer with (CRPS). The follow up appointment in April 2019 showed that Kim had made a small step forward since the December stay which was by being able to manage her pain better through medication, but also managing to wear a sock on her left foot for 50 minutes before the pain started to set in. Due to the positive progress, this led to a further inpatient referral to stay again for another 2 weeks in July 2019.[/p][p]Since July 2019 to present day, Kim has been able to wear a sock on her left foot for several hours now.[/p][p]Kim has a goal which could take Months and Years to master, but eventually be able to pain manage better to the point that when she is out in public that she can wear a sock and a shoe on her left foot, but the ultimate dream would be able to walk without the aid of crutches.[/p][p]This Complex Regional Pain Syndrome disability has robbed me of my Wife, a Mother to our 2 children and her independence with it testing our Mental Health & Emotional wellbeing to the limit.[/p][p]It has ruined & robbed our family of a so called "normal" life.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed onto CRPS UK.[/p][p]CRPS UK are the charity that has helped and supported us in getting us the right help from the right people. Getting where we have got so far, to hoping one day there will be a cure...?[/p][p]I am running the 2020 London Marathon for my Wife Kim, so it's going to be very Personal, Emotional and means a lot to me.[/p][p]I'm also proud and privileged to be running for CRPS UK as it only has the 1 Charity placement within the London Marathon.[/p][p]I really appreciate all your Love, Messages and Support.[/p][p]I know and understand during these strange times that financially its a struggle for everyone, but if you can spare whatever you can afford, it would be very much appreciated.[/p][p]Thank you for any donations.[/p][p]Kind regards,[/p][p]Andy xxx[/p]
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Oct 27, 2020

Solanki - Tandoori

Well Done Andy on Completing the 2020 Virtual London Marathon around Southampton.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 12, 2020



Oct 5, 2020

Jennifer Sheppard

Well done!


Oct 3, 2020

Rosie & Alec


Sep 28, 2020

Susan Baker

Good Luck and well done for Sunday.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 28, 2020

john newth

Good luck Andrew your mum and I support your goals john


Sep 27, 2020

Lys family

Best of luck Andy. Keep calm and carry on running.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 27, 2020

Keryn Poulter

Good luck and thank you πŸ™

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 27, 2020

Lynne H

Good luck Andy - thank you for running this on behalf of your beautiful wife Kim & all of us other suffers of CRPS. It’s so much appreciated πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 11, 2020

Jenny Lynn. Life long friend to Ros

Good luck Andy. Healing hugs to Kim x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid