David Needham

Great North Run in a Wheelchair

Fundraising for The Matt Hampson Foundation
raised of £1,800 target
by 15 supporters
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Event: Simplyhealth Great North Run 2019, on 8 September 2019
We provide inspiration and support to people seriously injured through sport


I'm hugely honoured to have this opportunity to raise funds for the Matt Hampson Foundation by doing the Great North Run 8 September 2019.

I have left the MHF mission statement in my story ( bottom paragraph ), but they really do SO much more.  Through my involvement with Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club, the MHF has helped me immensely.  But this isn't the reason I'm doing this.  I have seen first hand what they do for people with severe life changing injury and "impressive" really doesn't do them justice!  They create an environment where an almost totally broken individual, reliant on others for almost everything, can transform their life, regain their independence and contribute to society, much in the same way they would have as a fully able bodied person. I can't speak highly enough of what they achieve and I would like to do my part in supporting the great work that they do.

I have MND.  For those of you that aren't familiar with this condition, it's a progressive disease that over time deprives a sufferer of the ability to walk, hold, talk and eventually breath.  So this will be no small undertaking for me.  To make things even trickier, I will be doing the GNR in my MountainTrike, an all-terrain manual wheelchair.  My legs haven't worked in sometime now and my arms are now weakened greatly.  Particularly my hands and forearms.  I'm also breathing with roughly the volume of a single lung now.  I am determined to complete the GNR for this amazing and organisation though.  If you're able, please do support them by donating.  It really doesn't matter how large, or small your donation is.  It will go to a great cause and make a huge difference to many.

Thank you for reading and wish me luck! :)

Our aim is to provide advice, support, relief and/or treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation. We assist individuals by offering direct grants or by paying into existing and future funds to assist with equipment, technology or just every day expenses.

About the charity

The Matt Hampson Foundation inspires and supports young people seriously injured through sport. Through expert physiotherapy, specialist personal training, support, mentoring and advice, the Foundation helps people with life-changing injuries to get busy living again.

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