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£28,395raised of £25,000 target by 597 supporters

    Weʼve raised £28,395 to help Alastair Bull through his rehabilitation from a spinal stroke that has left him paralysed and ensure he reaches his full potential.

    Funded on Thursday, 6th October 2016

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    Story

    On 23 June 2016 Alastair woke up on the third morning of a family holiday in Salou. Over breakfast he mentioned his back was sore but dismissed it and went to join his siblings playing in the swimming pool. He left the pool saying he was going for a lie down. Shortly afterwards Alastair said he couldn't move his legs. A doctor was called, then an ambulance, then an air ambulance. Alastair was air lifted to the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona. Initially it wasn't clear what had happened to Alastair but what is now the most likely explanation is Alastair suffered a spinal stroke. Alastair remained in ICU for a week, then was transferred to a paediatric neurology ward. As the days passed and more tests were conducted it became more apparent to Alastair's family, the extent of his injuries. The stroke caused Alastair a severe spinal cord injury. He is paralysed from just below his chest. The degree with which he will recover is unclear and the extent to which he will undergo rehabilitation is also unclear. What is clear is Alastair, his siblings, his parents, and his wider family, have a long journey ahead of them. Alastair has shown great courage and resolve in the past weeks. He is receiving rehabilitation at The Guttman Institute, a rehabilitation centre just outside Barcelona where he is likely to remain for some time. His rehabilitation back in the UK will most likely be at Stoke Mandeville as no paediatric rehabilitation facilities are available in Northern Ireland. We are looking to raise funds to support Alastair through is rehabilitation, to ensure that in the long term Alastair will be able to continue to be the active, inquisitive teenager he has grown into. Ultimately we are looking to establish a charity to support Alastair, and other children who have suffered spinal strokes, and to raise awareness. Thank you for your support and we will keep everyone informed of Alastair's progress in the coming months and years.

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    • Simon Bull3 years ago
      Simon Bull

      Simon Bull

      3 years ago

      Hi, Everyone, This is the last update I will be posting on our Justgiving page. When you set up a fund raising page you are to state how long you want the page open for and you are unable to access the funds raised until 2 weeks after the fund has closed. This page will close today however I am aware of a number of fundraising events that are still to take place for Alastair therefore in the coming days I will set up a new fund raising page for Alastair that will continue to receive donations. Many thanks to everyone for your support.

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    • Simon Bull3 years ago
      Simon Bull

      Simon Bull

      3 years ago

      Claire and Emma Flowers have arranged a Quiz Night for Alastair which is taking place tonight at The Bryansburn Inn in Bangor. Thanks Claire and Emma for all the effort you have put into making tonight happen.

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    • Simon Bull3 years ago
      Simon Bull

      Simon Bull

      3 years ago

      Hi Everyone, Alastair returned home on 1 September. He will be back at Stoke Mandeville for further rehabilitation in December. On Monday 5 September Alastair joined Ryan, Lucy and Tristan in returning to school. We would like to thank the teachers, pupils, and staff at Bangor Grammar School in welcoming Alastair back to school. Our focus now is in ensuring Alastair's physiotherapy, that was so beneficial in Stoke Mandeville, continues at home. Many thanks again to everyone that has contributed to Alastair's crowdfunding page.

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    3 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 10/6/2016 15.06

    Supporters

    597

    • Susan Campbell

      Susan Campbell

      Oct 3, 2016

      £10.00

    • Rachael Clements

      Rachael Clements

      Oct 3, 2016

      Congrats on the wee run Nathan!! You should be very proud.

      £10.00

    • ..A school parent..

      ..A school parent..

      Oct 3, 2016

      Simon. I hope that you will exceed your target and through Alastair's circumstances go on to help many others. God Bless

      £100.00

    • Chris Small

      Chris Small

      Sep 30, 2016

      Wishing you all the very best pal!

      £30.00

    • Ciara Davidson

      Ciara Davidson

      Sep 30, 2016

      Good luck on Sunday Nathan!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 30, 2016

      From the Partners & Staff at RSM NI

      £150.00

    • Ann Bell

      Ann Bell

      Sep 29, 2016

      £10.00

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