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Weʼre raising £1,500 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
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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 Groves19 days ago
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    Benjamin Groves

    19 days ago

    Some people are rightfully confused by my page title. To clarify, your money is not being used to get ME to the start line. It's to help the many others like me. But you woukd know that had you read the full post. Lol. 😉

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  • Andy Butterfield (MTBI Course)

    Andy Butterfield (MTBI Course)

    Oct 17, 2018

    Hi Ben, good luck with the marathon. This is from everyone in the RAF Div at Shrivenham.

    £35.00

  • Lauren

    Lauren

    Oct 16, 2018

    Good luck Ben!

    £10.00

  • Sallie Dudley

    Sallie Dudley

    Oct 13, 2018

    £5.00

  • Kitty Ward

    Kitty Ward

    Oct 13, 2018

    Nearly there Ben x

    £100.00

  • Daz the hulk reat

    Daz the hulk reat

    Oct 12, 2018

    Love from Daz the hulk and good luck

    £15.00

  • Craig Leitch

    Craig Leitch

    Oct 12, 2018

    Good luck! It's mostly downhill right?!

    £10.00

  • Nan

    Nan

    Oct 10, 2018

    very proud of you Ben

    £30.00

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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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