In 2004 my life was to change forever while I was enjoying a night out with friends in a nightclub, when a man launched himself off of a balcony above me. I was the one he landed on and I sustained a C4/5 spinal cord injury which basically means complete paralysis from the shoulders down and being in a wheelchair.
I battled through some extremely dark times, my family were just an incredible support. It was shortly after returning home after a 10 month stay in hospital that I knew I wanted to somehow make a difference. Along with my brother Tony, I threw myself into the world of medical research for a cure for spinal cord injury and the evidence I saw I believed that one day there could be a possible therapy available.
I’m a Cure Girl and our mission is to make chronic spinal cord injury curable! We fundraise, campaign and support research initiatives across the world. I am also an Ambassador for Spinal Research charity.
There are 3.5 million people living with a spinal cord injury and every eight hours in the UK alone someone is told that they will never walk again.
The moral of this story is that spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at anytime.
I will carry on doing as much as I possibly can to facilitate the very urgent medical research that will eventually reverse paralysis!
.So here it is... my next challenge!
On Monday, the 5th of August 2019, I will be starting a 400 mile virtual cycle on my specially adapted FES bike to raise as much money that I possibly can for Spinal Research, who fund vital medical research for a cure for paralysis.
This will be my toughest challenge yet! 400 miles (equivalent distance from St Tropez to Venice) will be the longest distance I have cycled so far out of all my challenges! I am also planning to beat my recent best time. Fingers crossed!
So far I have cycled 1,500 miles for charity and raised thousands of pounds for vital research to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.
Thanks for all your love and support!
Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop effective treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Every year 1,000 people in the UK and Ireland are paralysed following an injury to their spinal cord. We receive no government funding and rely entirely on the support of the public to raise funds for our research. Because of the efforts of our supporters, we have funded innovative medical research that has achieved a number of ground breaking changes in the field.