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    Weʼve raised £1,285 to Help me get to the 43rd United States Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC where I will hand cycle 26.2 miles

    Dunfermline, UK
    Funded on Friday, 2nd November 2018

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    Story

    I was injured in 2011 whilst serving in Helmand province, Afghanistan with 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment. My injuries have left me with a Traumatic Brain Injury which affects my short term memory and has led to some personality changes. I have severe, complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and permanent nerve damage in my lumbar spine which has caused me to lose all feeling to the skin from the knee down in both legs, weakness and chronic pain. Once an active sportsman I prided myself on my fitness, all that changed after I was injured and last year I hit rock bottom and thought my only escape from the pain was suicide. I was lucky and my family and friends helped me to pluck up the courage to ask for help. I am now on a very long road to recovery and I am receiving help from the Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU) in the Army as well as assistance from Military Charities. They have helped me in so many ways and continue to do so without ever asking anything in return. The money 'pot' is not bottomless and I want to put something back so that it may be used to help others like me. So, I have a place at the marathon and the PRU and charities have paid for my travel, accommodation and hand cycle hire. This is not cheap. Sport has been a lifeline for me post Injury. It has made me feel like my life is worthwhile again. It has made me feel like I have a purpose, a goal and a direction to take. Sport has been my saviour and completing this marathon together with other injured servicemen and women will be a monumentous achievement for me. I need your help to show those who care for me so much, that I can do this! and to give something back, no matter how small. Thankyou for taking the time to read my story.

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    • Benjamin Groves5 months ago
      Benjamin Groves

      Benjamin Groves

      5 months ago

      Currently sat in London Heathrow terminal 5, on route to the USA! REALLY excited for what's to come. Watch this space for updates people!

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    • Benjamin Groves5 months ago
      Benjamin Groves

      Benjamin Groves

      5 months ago

      I'm wearing bib number 306 on race day. Keep an eye on my progress at the following link. Thank You all for the support and well wishes. It's you guys that make this so important. Thankyou! https://events.hakuapp.com/events/bf4aba2d0f7d1b62aea5/live_tracking

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    • Benjamin Groves5 months ago
      Benjamin Groves

      Benjamin Groves

      5 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

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    6 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 11/1/2018 19.48

    Supporters

    53

    • harrie bell

      harrie bell

      Nov 1, 2018

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 1, 2018

      £10.00

    • Sam & Stan Everitt

      Sam & Stan Everitt

      Oct 31, 2018

      Congratulations Ben. What a fantastic achievement. Xx

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 30, 2018

    • Barry Martin

      Barry Martin

      Oct 26, 2018

      Good luck mate,dig in

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 25, 2018

      Good luck.

      £5.00

    • Morven Jamieson

      Morven Jamieson

      Oct 25, 2018

      Good luck Ben

      £10.00

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    Benjamin Groves

    Benjamin Groves

    Dunfermline, UK

    I'm no longer able to ride an upright bike due to injury, but I was loaned a hand cycle from another injured serviceman. It showed me I could still enjoy a sport I once loved so much. I can once again enjoy the freedom it brings. This has been a huge help in my recovery.

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