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Weʼre raising £6,000 to help purchase a specialist bike for our Dad who is a C2 ventilator dependant tetraplegic.

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What are we raising money for?

The Thera Trainer Tigo 530 is a medical grade upper and lower body trainer that was developed for people with Spinal cord injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease and Brain injury. The trainer facilitates functional recovery and improved motor skills, it has a positive effect on many other aspects of health. Some of the benefits of exercising with a THERA-Trainer include, treating contractures (restricted joint function and movement) Improving coordination and motor skills, Stimulates the cardiovascular system and circulation, activates the metabolism and aids digestion, loosens the muscles and maintain residual muscle power, reduces water retention, improve core stability and stabilises the mind. The cost of the trainer is £6,000.

Dad’s story...

"Try to imagine being in a chair with your feet bound and your hands tied behind your back. Then imagine being on a machine that gives you thirty breaths per minute and doesn't allow you to sigh, or take a deep breath when you feel you need one. Then imagine never being able to use the bathroom or shower when you want to, to brush you teeth, feed yourself, scratch an itch, or wipe your eyes if you need to cry. Imagine never having any privacy, never being able to hug someone when you really want to. Sleepless nights when you are unable to breathe, equipment failures that threaten your life..."

This is a small snapshot into life as a tetraplegic. A couple of years after dad’s spinal cord injury, someone walked passed me on the street wearing the same aftershave he had always used. It just transported me back to all those times he had picked me up in the car or opened the front-door to me, made me a cup of tea and thrown his arms around me. It just hit me that he’d never be able to physically do those things for me again, in that moment I just wanted to collapse on the street corner and cry as I ached to have his arms around me for one more time...(extract taken from Aspire Charity's online blog on dad & Foz https://www.aspire.org.uk/Blog/fohzia-and-ghulam)

Some of you already know our dearest Dad (who is now 67) slipped in the snow and suffered a life changing spinal cord injury in January 2013, resulting in becoming a C2 tetraplegic, ventilator dependent. Our gorgeous dad endured an incredible amount of pain, surgery, heartache, upheaval and sadness, long months were spent in intensive care then onto a specialist high dependency spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for 16 months and then onto temporary accommodation whilst we tried to sell the family home and purchase a new one that could be suitably adapted.

Finally at the end of November 2016, almost 4 years after the fall, we brought Dad home into his specially adapted space where he is surrounded by loved ones.

Despite the angst we gained an incredible strength, deeper love and quite a dark sense of humour! Our dad is and continues to be an inspiration to all of us, his gentle spirit, faith and warm sensitivity in putting others before himself despite his current physical limitations will stay with us for life.

There are tough days but there are also days filled with an immense gratitude to The Divine that we still have him with us sharing precious moments. We would like to do what we can in the precious time we have left with him and this physical tool we feel would help contribute to the physical and mental quality of his day to day life.

He has used the trainer whilst at the Spinal Unit (Stoke Mandeville) and it had an immense uplifting effect on his mental wellbeing in the early days of the injury. If you can spare a contribution (and if not love, blessings, prayers all gratefully received too!) we would be immensely grateful. As a family we are all individually doing what we can offline to fundraise (as an example Nazia has pledged to run a race a month this year - first run below, Hillingdon 10k)

Thank you for stopping by and love, light and heartfelt thanks from The Ahmed Family . We will update this page as and when we complete each fundraising event, so keep checking in lovely people!

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  • Nazia White1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    June’s running event ticked off the list - so far, that’s five events in total . Yes, I’m feeling awesome and yes, we only have to raise another £1,000 before we hit our target. Woohoo! Today I’m feeling on top of the world - thanks daddy ji for taking me on this journey with you 🙏🏾

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  • Nazia White2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Bigfoot MBC hosted a post ride crepe evening at Standish Woods in the heart of the Cotswolds. A HUGE thank you to William Danter for putting on such a great show!! I just wanted to say a BIG fat thank you to my Bigfoot buddies for being so generous. We raised £168.10 for the specialised bike for Naz’s dad! I KNOW!!

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  • Nazia White3 months ago
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    3 months ago

    From Steve: another event (my second) to add to the fundraising medley of running and mountain biking events during 2018. I chose to ride the 70km ‘Full Boar’; the longest route available on the day. My BigFoot MBC buddies and I all lined up at the front. Soaring temperature and blowout made it ‘fun’. But more than happy with the time. All in all, it was an awesome day. The cake and the finsih line and 7 glasses of squash were lush too! My legs are cooked :D

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Page last updated on: 8/9/2018 7:54 AM

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  • Tracy, Steve, Abi and Elinor xxx

    Tracy, Steve, Abi and Elinor xxx

    Aug 9, 2018

    Lost for words...Lots of love xxx

    £20.00

  • Jacqueline Wynds

    Jacqueline Wynds

    Aug 8, 2018

    Keep up the running, you are doing a brilliantly

    £5.00

  • Lucy Borresen

    Lucy Borresen

    Aug 8, 2018

    You're doing a grand Job Naz - good luck with the last runs. Xxx

    £20.00

  • Julia Cook

    Julia Cook

    Jul 14, 2018

    xxx

    £10.00

  • The Dhaal Runners

    The Dhaal Runners

    Jul 13, 2018

    From all who took part in the inaugural Dhaal Run 10K last night. Yay!!

    £113.00

  • Becky Bendall

    Becky Bendall

    Jul 13, 2018

    Sorry I couldn’t make the Daahl Run-looked great fun!

    £10.00

  • Janet Taylor

    Janet Taylor

    Jul 12, 2018

    Where would any of us be without exercise? A brilliant thing to do for your dad, Nazia. Hopefully see you at The Dhaal Run x

    £30.00

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Nazia White

Nazia White

Hayes, UK

Our parents are on a modest limited income and although we attempt at providing as much as we can as a family to improve his quality of life, we are restricted at times due to cost and the limited resources of the local health authority for high dependency spinal cord patients.

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