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Mark Gilligan

Mark's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2015 page

To support Spinal injuries for Aspire because trust me when that is damaged its effect is awful

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  • Event: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2015, 02 Aug 2015

Aspire

We support people with Spinal Cord Injury to help them live full, independent lives

Charity Registration No. 1075317

Story

Most of you know me as a Professional Landscape Photographer and writer who works in the lake District. What many aren't aware of is that in 1980 I underwent a major trauma that has over the years resulted in six spinal operations. Most of my problems have been lower back but the last operation I undertook was in 2007 when I had a titanium cage inserted in my neck and carbon discs inserted. In essence, I have learnt to be able to get around and make the situation work for me but others aren't so lucky and trust me, when your spine is damaged irrevocably it not only affects you but the good people around you. I am fortunate to have a great network of family and friends who have supported me throughout.
I am so lucky to be able to do what I do and never take it for granted. Others though aren't so lucky and their rehabilitation and quality of life needs our support. I came into cycling in the mid 80's to help me and it has worked and I see undertaking the '100' as my way of thanking those that not only helped me but will assist those that will sadly be affected by their situation. I do hope you can help no matter how small the donation may be.
Kind Regards
Mark

Photos

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  • After a training ride on the fells of Cumbria
  • My eldest son Dave and I just before the ride at Manchester. Unusually it was raining....
  • Proud to show my finishers medal +5

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