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Andy Ibbott

Andy Ibbott is crowdfunding

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£5,815
raised of £10,000 target by 129 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to Help me to raise money for Riders for Health https://www.riders.org/

Daventry
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Thank you for being here. The fact that you’ve landed on this Just Giving page means you have an interest in helping others, particularly those in need of medical help in countries that don’t enjoy the facilities we take for granted every day.

So why am I here and why have I chosen Two Wheels for Life's international partner for Riders for Health to be the recipients of my fundraising?

I guess I should start at the beginning; it’s always a great place to start anything!

I have been mad about motorbikes since before I can remember. My love of motorbikes led me to a career in journalistic riding. I also brought the California Superbike School to the UK, Ireland, India, Norway, the Middle East. We had a successful business worldwide helping over 100,000 riders.

I was one of the top 3 journalistic riders in the UK. I started a racing career, then one day I crashed and broke my back. That put an instant stop to my racing career BUT it didn’t stop me from coaching riders, including big names in the superbikes world including the MotoGP World Champion Thomas Luthi, Sandro Cortese, Karel Abraham, Leon Camier and not forgetting, Valentino Rossi.

I was also honoured to be asked to coach Prince William, then Prince Harry and both of them together on bike skills.

In 2011 I discovered a tiny lump in my neck and after many visits to many specialists, it was deemed the lump was nothing to worry about and was small enough to remove in a minor operation. But that’s where the good news stops. I was put under full general anaesthetic as things were not as straightforward as the scans had shown.

The professor who was operating on me had an awful choice to make. Leave the lump and it would kill me eventually or remove it and risk me having a massive stroke, possibly killing me but could also save me. She chose to remove it. The lump had wrapped itself around one of the major veins leading to my brain. No scan would ever have picked this up. The lump and the vein had to be removed.

I had that massive stroke. I was left with only a 5% chance of survival.

I couldn’t walk, talk, eat, drink, dress myself. I couldn’t do anything AT ALL for myself.

After 6 months of intensive treatment and therapy I was allowed home. This was supposed to be good news but actually, I had lost all hope.

I had to rely on other people. I had to be helped to do just the basics in life.

It was embarrassing; it was frustrating; I was numb with it all

One minute I’m at the top of my game, the next minute I lost my business, I could no longer ride bikes, I couldn’t coach bike riders, I couldn’t continue my writing, I couldn’t do anything at all ……………I felt suicidal.

I’ve had to learn to do everything again but this time with only the use of one arm, partial use of one leg and full use of my other leg. I have, in effect, half a brain. I have Aphasia which affects my speech.

But I have to keep moving; I have to better myself; I will not give in or give up.

Over the past 9 years I have strived to achieve what some would call the impossible.

I have cycled from London to Paris on a tandem bike

I have taken part in the Marathon de Sables, the toughest on foot race on earth!

I have completed the Brighton Half Marathon twice

I have completed the Half Marathon De Sables in the Canary Islands

Which leads me to Everest and Riders for Health.

I do love a challenge and my next one is to complete the trek to Base Camp Everest in early May 2022.

Who are Riders for Health? You can find them at www.riders.org

They provide vital medical support in the Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi and Nigeria. This includes fleet management, medical supply chain logistics, outreach healthcare, sample transport, emergency health transport and medical training.

But all this takes money. I have just under 8 months to raise £10,000. Climbing a mountain is one thing, but raising this mountainous amount is another which is why I know you’ll give generously.

Your donation no matter how large or small, will save a life and what better feeling is that?

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  • Andy Ibbott1 year ago
    Andy Ibbott

    Andy Ibbott

    1 year ago

    I am getting on with between 4 to 7 miles per day. On average about 15,000 steps per day. It was be easier IF I could run them!! Ha ha ha but I manage walk about 2 to 3 miles per hour with my left leg pulling my right leg along.....

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  • Andy Ibbott2 years ago
    Andy Ibbott

    Andy Ibbott

    2 years ago

    Well, this is a challenge! Each time I got on a walk I try to manage some "steps" along the way!!! Just like the MDS, BUT HIGHER!!!

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  • Andy Ibbott2 years ago
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    Andy Ibbott

    2 years ago

    The Just Giving page in up to date! Please push you donation here!! Andy Ibbott

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  • Kathryn Slack

    Kathryn Slack

    May 26, 2022

    Congratulations Andy on giving your all for such a great cause. So pleased you got to experience some of Nepal and the trek.Well done 👏 x

    £100.00

  • John F

    John F

    May 20, 2022

    Full respect Andy and good luck

    £40.00

  • JPaz

    JPaz

    May 18, 2022

    Well done Andy. Amazing stuff. JP

  • Pedro Lucas Garcia Migliorelli

    Pedro Lucas Garcia Migliorelli

    May 10, 2022

    Have a good climb to the top and come back safe … we love ya Andy

    £20.00

  • Allan Smith

    Allan Smith

    May 8, 2022

    Well done Andy .. keep going

    £50.00

  • Elizabeth Evans

    Elizabeth Evans

    May 3, 2022

    Good luck, you’re doing something truly amazing xxx

    £20.00

  • Mike James

    Mike James

    May 3, 2022

    Good luck Andy. It’s an amazing thing you are doing.

    £30.00

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Andy Ibbott

Andy Ibbott

Daventry

I am a right-side stroke. 2011 of March, I was in for a routine operation.The sound of medical equipment was moved and I loss consciousness. 10 hours later I was moved to Intensive Care Unit. My ex-wife and best friend were told I had a 5% chance of making it.

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