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PAUL MEADEN

Paul Meaden London Marathon 2018

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My story

[p]I am running the London Marathon 2018 for two charities that I have and will continue to support, for two very special people.[/p][p]For my incredible wife Laura, I'm running for 'St Georges Kidney Patients Association'. In memory of my brother Chris, I'm running for 'Mind' the mental health charity. [/p][p]A little bit about why I have decided to run the marathon again... Just over a year ago, I had back surgery. I was often unable to get out of bed due to the debilitating pain and unable to walk.14 months down the line, the recovery has gone to plan and the day to day pain has vastly improved. [/p][p]Therefore, I have decided to set myself a target of running and completing the London Marathon. As many of you have witnessed on TV and in person, the London marathon is an inspirational event. I can finally draw a line under after the ups and downs of the past year and hopefully raise funds, for two incredible charities in the process. A little more about Chris and Laura's stories can be found below;[/p][p][b][i][u]Laura's Story [/u][/i][/b][/p][p]Laura, is a Kidney transplant patient. Put simply, Laura is an inspiration. Many of you won’t know that Laura is a transplant patient due to her incredible attitude to 'getting on with life'. Despite regular hospital visits to St George's, truckloads of medication on a daily basis and an unknown future, Laura attacks everything with gusto and a smile that fills a room.......[/p][p]I’ve asked Laura to write a few words and tell her story, if you’ve got a few minutes please read, it brings to light the reason why charities such as Kidney Research are so important in the research and prevention of such a serious disease;[/p][p][i]"In 1996, when I was 13, I had food poisoning that turned out to be a particularly nasty strain of E-Coli, the type that attacks your kidneys. Even more unfortunate was that I turned out to be one of the 5% of people to end up with permanent severe kidney damage as a result.[/i][/p][p][i]So after 5 long years of clinging onto the last bit of kidney function I had left, I came to need a kidney transplant. Incredibly selflessly, Mum and Dad came to the rescue and after a lengthy scrap over who would give me their "spare" one, Dad found himself on the operating table![/i][/p][p][i]All sounds remarkably simple but each step of the way I've needed a phenomenal amount of specialist care from an entourage of surgeons, doctors and nurses, all of whom have invested a huge amount of their precious time in learning how to make me better and how to save, but far more, how to dramatically improve, my existence.[/i][/p][p][i]Going back for a moment, leading up to my transplant I had dialysis which, although not ideal for a girl of 17, was a way of keeping me going with just 7% kidney function. It involved connecting me to a machine at home through a tube in my abdomen each night for 9 hours during which the machine would cleanse my blood. It wasn’t great by any stretch but it was a way of enabling me to go to school and continue to be a relatively “normal” person during the day. Eventually the Doctor gave us the good news that I was sufficiently healthy to proceed with my transplant and I’ve never looked back.[/i][/p][p][i]After a day or so of the operation, my results started to show my Dad’s kidney spring to life, making me better with every hour. My Dad’s kidney gave me a new lease of life – I am no longer governed by potassium restricted diets and I can travel wherever I like (almost). After my transplant I went on to finish my A-levels and go to university and enjoy life. [/i][/p][p][i]So I stand here today, a healthy 33 year old woman, I’ve been married amlmost 5 years and I’m holding down a decent job, I’ve seen a fair bit of the world and enjoying what life has to offer, not a single cent of which I could have experienced without the progress medicine has made in the last few decades.[/i][/p][p][i]My kidney won’t last forever and one day I’ll sure enough need a new one. A little bit of me dreads that day, (particularly the dialysis!), but hopefully medicine will pleasantly surprise me once again. [/i][/p][p][i]During my time in London I have received the ongoing care and treatment from the team at St Georges. Their support has been exceptional."[/i][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i][u]Chris's Story[/u][/i][/b][/p][p]Chris battled depression for a number of years, but in tragic circumstances lost his fight. Chris found peace in September 2007.[/p][p]For those of you that knew Chris, he was an inspiration to friends, colleagues and pupils. He inspired many people to follow their dreams and ambitions in life and for that, as a brother, I am immensely proud. I want people to remember Chris for the contribution he made to his pupils, community and sports clubs he was part of ... not the way his life so tragically ended. [/p][p]One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. Each year more than 250,000 people are admitted to psychiatric hospitals and over 4,000 people take their own lives.[/p][p]Mental health problems can affect anyone, rich or poor, young or old, shattering the lives of those affected and the lives of the people close to them. Many people didn't know Chris suffered from depression, I’m sure many of you have family, friends or work colleagues who are suffering or have suffered from depression. I’m sure many of you don’t even realise people so close to you could suffer from this debilitating illness.[/p][p]The stigma attached to mental illness often stops us from discussing or understanding the subject with those close to us or whom we work with. With your help ‘Mind’ can continue to provide support and research for those affected by Mental health problems.[/p][p]I know everyone is under increasing financial strain, but if you are able to sacrifice the cost of a pint, a meal out, a coffe, a night out on the tiles, the cost of a kitchen tile, a cinema ticket etc it would be going to a much deserved cause and would be very much appreciated. Every penny helps. 50 people donating £2 each would soon accumulate and make a real difference. I have been luck enough to acquire a place through my friends at Virgin Money, so EVERY penny of your sponsorship goes to charity and doesn’t pay for my place to run.[/p][p]Thanks[/p][p]and all the best, you’re support really is appreciated.[/p][p]Paul[/p][p]P.s. remember to tick the gift aid box ![/p]
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May 2, 2018

Niki Davies

Just saw this link on your email signature. What fabulous charities you are supporting...I hope these few pennies count.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018

pat saunders

well done paul you and laura are a inspiration x wish you well for the future x

£10.00

Apr 23, 2018

Pingo

Well done buddy.

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

CaraB

Well done Meado! Proud of you!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

StephE

Well done Paul - smashed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

£10.00

Apr 23, 2018

Jamie Baker

Well done Paul!!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Emma Murie

Well done Paolo! Smashed it xx

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Apr 22, 2018

Sally Hughes

Mega Kudos for getting out there on such an insanely hot day - and for smashing your fundraising target! Now go and have a well earned beer Ps. Your non round number total bothered me

£36.60 plus £9.15 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

J Elston

Fantastic run mate. All the best

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Apr 22, 2018

Anonymous

Good luck...what an inspirational couple...love the Casson’s.

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