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Suzanne Collier

Suzanne Collier for The Book Trade Charity

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]On 19th April 2006 I was on my way to work when I was involved in a minor car crash with major consequences in that I didn't know I had concussion. My car got towed away, a colleague came and picked me up took me to the office. When I arrived my line manager said 'I'm really sorry you've been in an accident, can you make sure your reports are done before you go on holiday?' So I stayed in the office and completed a whole day's work. [/p][p] [/p][p]Two weeks after this I signed off sick. My speech was slurring, I couldn't process thoughts or articulate properly, I had difficulty in standing up and I was suffering with dizziness all day, every day. I was initially diagnosed as having Post Concussion Trauma. Ten days later my condition deteriorated and I was treated in hospital for a suspected stroke. The very next day my employers stopped my salary mid-month and put me on SSP of £72 a week.[/p][p] [/p][p]I had a short-term insurance policy but it was not enough to cover my outgoings, which increase when you are at home all day and in need of care, so my savings quickly depleted. In January 2007 I returned to work, not because I had recovered, but because financially I could not afford to remain off sick, even though the insurance policy had months left to run. [/p][p] [/p][p]In 2008 I was told by a doctor that I needed to give up work and this was followed by me ending up in hospital and fighting for my life. I spent 10 days in Whipps Cross with a secondary illness and for most of the time it was 50/50 as to whether I would come out alive. I still maintain that the only reason I am here to tell the tale is because Frank Lampard's mother had my bed in intensive care, so when the grim reaper visited the hospital he couldn't find me. [/p][p] [/p][p]It was at this point, when I had huge bills that I couldn't manage, The Book Trade Charity first helped me. They covered the cost of my car insurance so that I could keep my independence. [/p][p] [/p][p]In 2009 I was told by the hospital that I would never recover and never return to normal life. It was a harsh reality to face up to and I had to endure a course of CBT with the therapist given the unenviable task of helping me understand that I would never return to a normal life. I refused to accept this prognosis but needed to make some contingency plans, so I had a discussion with The Book Trade Charity about moving into their accommodation 'just in case'[/p][p] [/p][p]Financially, I had another huge bill and once again a grant from The Book Trade Charity saved the day. [/p][p]Always the optimist, I counted up the days and told myself that 2000 days from my accident (October 2011) I wanted to cycle my dream ride of the C2C regardless of the hospital prognosis. [/p][p] [/p][p]But setback after setback occurred and amazingly now I am leading a full and active life, whilst living with a permanent condition that most thought I would never recover from. [/p][p] [/p][p]Finally, 4420 days after my accident I will be cycling the C2C from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, 140 miles over 3 days, to raise funds for the charity which has stood by me and held my hand through the most traumatic and stressful events of my life.[/p][p] [/p][p]So please, give what you can, and help this fantastic charity make a difference to someone else in need. £3000 is the minimum target, not the maximum and if everyone who I ever helped with careers advice or encouragement donated £5, then the amount I could raise would be £10,000 plus.[/p][p] [/p][p]Links to old blogs[/p][p] [/p][p]The shocking truth about migraine [url=https://suzannecollier.com/the-shocking-truth-about-migraine/]https://suzannecollier.com/the-shocking-truth-about-migraine/[/url][/p][p] [/p][p]Why you should never go into work after an accident [url=https://suzannecollier.com/why-you-should-never-go-into-work-after-an-accident/]https://suzannecollier.com/why-you-should-never-go-into-work-after-an-accident/[/url][/p][p] [/p][p]Not so good Friday[url=https://suzannecollier.com/not-so-good-friday/]https://suzannecollier.com/not-so-good-friday/[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cy_X5irIANY?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

25 May 2018

Charity

The Book Trade Charity

The Book Trade Charity

Supporters

17-Sep-2018

Alexander

Well done.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

07-Sep-2018

Helen Kogan

Good luck, Suzanne.

£50.00

27-Jul-2018

Anonymous

02-Jul-2018

Selina Wood

What a great cause and incredible determination!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

05-Jun-2018

Sonia

All best to you Suzanne! Well done and thank you to you and The Book Trust for all the brilliant work you do.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

31-May-2018

Alice

Well done and congratulations to you, you inspirational, wonderful and slightly crazy woman!! An amazing achievement for such a great cause x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

30-May-2018

Charlie Mounter

All very cathartic, I'm sure, Suzanne! x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

29-May-2018

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

29-May-2018

Anonymous

Well Done- great achievement!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

28-May-2018

Chris Doyle

Good luck, Suzanne!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid