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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I am trying to raise at least £2000 for Back http://www.army.mod.uk/events/sport/16263.aspx who take air force, naval and army service personnel on all types of sport and adventurous training.  All money will go initially to Help for Heroes who will then pass on to Battle Back any donations made.

My fundraising venture is in two parts:

 

1.   The Great North Run

I ran the Great North Run http://www.greatrun.org/ in Newcastle on the 20th September 2009 and managed to achieve a time of 2:50:23 hrs for the 13.1 mile course.

It  was a major challenge for me especially running in a large group of people difficult due to my balance and coordination problems.  I also had to manage my fatigue level very carefully as well as ensure that I look after my left eye throughout the run stopping at least half a dozen times to apply medication. This is due to the fact that I cannot blink in that eye and have to apply an eye lubricant constantly. 

I wanted to run the 13 miles as quickly as possible but my first aim was to complete the course regardlesss of my time so I am happy in the time I achieved.

2.   Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride

In addition I shall also be cycling on the Help for Heroes 'The Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2010' as part of 'Team Battle Back'.

The ride will which will run from 24th to 30th May 2010 and follow a route from HMS Victory in Portsmouth, then carry on through the battlefields in France ending at Dunkirk where we 'shall remember the extraordinary events of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940'.

Team Battle Back will consist of staff and ex-patients from DMRC, Headley Court. 

I intend to use a Viper KMX trike http://www.kmxkarts.co.uk/models/viper/.

Although I have managed to secure the loan of the trike for the bike ride, I want to raise enough money on this appeal so that BattleBack can buy the trike outright from KMX.

I will use the trike on the Bike Ride next year but immediately after the bike ride; the Viper will be given back to Battle Back to complement another trike recently donated by KMX to .  KMX have kindly agreed to sell the Viper to me at £865.95 instead of the RRP of £1299.00 because they know it will going to Battle Back after the bike ride.

All other money raised on this appeal will go to Battle Back to be used supporting activities where public money cannot be used.  Battle Back have re-introduced 200 service personnel to sport and adventurous training

Please have a look at http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/battleback.html Back's 1st anniversary write-up by their OC) http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/battleback_1yearon.html or read some testimonials at http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/battleback_testimonials.html.  Alternatively, add Battle Back as a friend on Facebook and then view pictures of all the other people that Battle Back helps.  There are numerous links to news articles, reports, pictures, and vidoes on http://www.army.mod.uk/events/sport/16263.aspx

There are so many more injured and disabled personnel recieve support from Battle Back.  Please support this appeal and if you don't mind publicising my fundraising page elsewhere, please do.

My story is ...

... I was diagnosed by chance in April last year with an 4.5cm Acoustic Neuroma (a benign brain tumor) following a surfing accident.  I underwent immediate surgery on the 1  May in 2008 with all of the tumour successfully removed.  After three weeks, I left hospital in a wheelchair with partial paralysis on the left side.  In addition I am now permanently deaf on the left and suffer from balance and coordination problems.  After a few weeks at home, I was admitted to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, more commonly known as for a four month period where I was placed under intensive rehabilitation.

It was during my time at Headley Court that I came across Battle Back who since continuously provided me with opportunities to participate in sport and adaptive adventure training as part of my rehabilitation.

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I want to express my sincere gratitude to Battle Back for all their support to me and my family since I got to Headley Court in June of last year and therefore I am running the Great North Run for Battle Back.  The 13 miles of the Great North Run were extremely hard work for me but the pain was well worth it for a wonderful cause.

I know that Battle Back continues to support all armed forces personnel incluing personnel from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment , other Royal Engineers, the rest of the British Army along with Royal Marines, Navy and Air Force personnel.

And Battle Back's work is only growing.  And Battle Back do this with only two full time staff!

The injuries and disabilities of Armed Forces personnel will not stop and it is often these people that we hear so little about in the press but if you can, please help support this great organisation in such important work as they assist in the rehabilitaion of our Armed Forces.

Please give no matter how small.  Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

If you would like to donate by cheque or by cash, please contact me direct for details.

But most of all, if you can, please donate now. 

Many thanks, 

Matt Raasch-Sotinwa

Raising money for

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes

Charity Registration No. 1120920

Help for Heroes supports our wounded. Help for Heroes provides practical direct support to those servicemen and women wounded in the line of duty in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Go on rusty sweaty sock. Good luck dude - not that you'll need it! Sqn!!

Donation by kief khanlarian on 11/03/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Donation by Tracy Lewis on 06/03/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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good luck matt your a star sorry its not much xx

Donation by glenda ravenscroft on 03/03/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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good luck with everything Matt

Donation by josh wardman on 15/02/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Best of luck today mate. I'll be looking out for you. Hope the hard work and early mornings (for all of us!) in Germany pay off.

Donation by Bernie on 19/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good luck dude, Im sure you will finish the run easily.

Donation by Ross Perkins on 19/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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good luck mate

Donation by Paul Colborn on 18/09/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Dude - Look after the knee!

Donation by Ash Clare on 18/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Giving money causes me no pain, as long as you folks get the gain.

Donation by FrankC on 08/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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You're a top man Matt, and you've chosen a top charity. I don't know you but I'm proud of ya!

Donation by Keith Allan on 08/09/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Off to Afghanistan on Wednesday, all the best with the run hope you achieve your target.

Donation by Stuart Lee on 04/09/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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All the best, canoeing anit going to help your running Matt

Donation by Ken Thompson on 01/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by lisa hudson on 28/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Wot - no kayak? All the best, Matt - with you all the way. Andy

Donation by Andy Kime on 24/08/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anne-Louise Allen on 17/08/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Matt Sorry, only just saw this on facebook, hope you meet your target, your brother in law - John

Donation by John Duncan on 17/08/09

£50.00

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Great cause, will spk soon

Donation by Andy Cruickshank on 16/08/09

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Nice one Matt hope you have a great ride

Donation by Sandy Powell on 16/08/09

£20.00

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Well done Matt, nice one mate.

Donation by Jim Double on 16/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Matt & All the best. Bob.

Donation by Robert Hobson on 15/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good luck rash Sqnnnnnnnnn

Donation by Tommo on 15/08/09

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

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Matt, awesome effort.

Donation by Len Wilkinson on 15/08/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Good luck Matt!

Donation by Tim Holland on 15/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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GOOD LUCK Matt, !! its great fun- i'll bet you smash my time!! enjoy!!

Donation by Kirsty Ross on 14/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£760.00
  • Offline donations£1,413.40
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,173.40
  • Gift Aid£194.62

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