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Weʼre raising £1,406 to represent £10 per mile of our Ironman challenge - and to support the courageous, resilient and inspiring Xander Van Der Poll

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We are Cait Davis, Clare Burgum and Zelda Wilson....... and we are training to complete Ironman Barcelona on 7th October 2018 (that’s swimming, cycling and running a total of 140.6 miles in a day under our own steam!) to support a courageous, resilient and inspiring young man called Xander Van Der Poll.

On the 24th of May 2018 Xander, a first year medical student at Bristol University, took a break from first year exam revision, and climbed a favourite tree in his local park. Xander fell from that tree onto a protruding root, shattering his T12 vertebrae and leaving him with no feeling or movement from the waist down. After emergency surgery he was put on six weeks flat bed rest – initially at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry and then he was moved to the spinal care unit at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry where he is starting his rehabilitation.

You can follow Xander's Instagram blog at six_weeks_in_bed . Take a look – his attitude, courage and resilience are inspiring. His mum, our dear friend Karen, is also keeping us abreast of progress on Facebook at One Step Closer.

Whether it's to meet their increased travel, accommodation and other unexpected expenses whilst Xander is in Oswestry OR to fund specialised equipment to enable him to get back to his sporting adventures – we know the beautiful Van Der Poll family will appreciate and make great use of our support.

Please help us to help Xander. Your contribution is hugely appreciated.

Best wishes, Clare, Zelda and Cait x

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  • Clare Burgum 4 days ago
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    Clare Burgum

    4 days ago

    From Karen........Out an about as we speak trying out archery. After getting mainly bulls eyes (I know - man of many talents it seems 😳) he wheeled straight over to continue his conversation on the new open league wheelchair rugby..... Apparently triathlons, sprinting, bob-sleighing amongst others are possibly in the run for a cheeky goal to try out for the Paralympics. So we might be contributing to bows and arrows or swim coaching and jammers! Thank you for ALL your support.....please spread the word to help us help Xander

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  • Clare Burgum 6 days ago
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    Clare Burgum

    6 days ago

    ......another great memory of the trip to Oswestry last weekend. Good to see Tom, Fenella and Maddie too. x

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  • Clare Burgum 6 days ago
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    Clare Burgum

    6 days ago

    Loved my trip to Oswestry....love the photos you took, Karen - thank you X

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Page last updated on: 8/18/2018 1:51 AM

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  • Michael Greeff

    Michael Greeff

    Aug 18, 2018

    Thank you for helping Xander. We wish you every success and so hope this will improve Xander's quality of life!Michael and Debbie

    £30.00

  • Marion Jennette

    Marion Jennette

    Aug 15, 2018

    Your all a wonderful inspiration, good luck ❤️X

    £20.00

  • Janetta Van der Poll

    Janetta Van der Poll

    Aug 15, 2018

    We love you Zelda, keep safe!

    £30.00

  • Angelene Buckland

    Angelene Buckland

    Aug 15, 2018

    Good luck with endeavors, great effort. From The Buckland family in Sydney ( friends of the Arnolds’) xxx

    £60.00

  • Bethan Lowe

    Bethan Lowe

    Aug 15, 2018

    Good luck Zelda, you are the most courage’s women I know and I can’t wait to celebrate another life goal you’ve achieved! Lots of love x

    £10.00

  • Leading Edge

    Leading Edge

    Aug 15, 2018

    You got this! All our love x

    £50.00

  • Amanda Fawcett

    Amanda Fawcett

    Aug 15, 2018

    Best of luck Zelda - you are amazing and a total inspiration to us all

    £30.00

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