Centre Members Take on Incredible Challenges

Two members of the Neuro Therapy Centre, in Saltney, are taking on remarkable challenges to raise funds for the Centre. Amanda Padley is becoming a superhero in a triathlon in Windsor and Caroline Gudgion is traveling overseas for a sailing challenge in Barcelona.

Amanda is taking part in the Superheroes Triathlon on 19th August 2017. The para-athletic event, held in Windsor, is the only triathlon suitable for all abilities and levels of disability.

Amanda was training for a triathlon at the beginning of 2016 when she developed the neurological condition Myelitis. “Within a few days, I went from running on a treadmill to losing the use of my legs.  I was given a 50% chance that I would regain the ability to walk.  I did not think that anyone as fit as me could suddenly develop a condition like this and I was very glad to be able to access the specialist services of the Neuro Therapy Centre to help with my rehabilitation”

After 18 months and a lot of hard work and physio Amanda is really excited to be taking part in the Superheroes Triathlon, especially as she thought it would be an impossible dream for her to take part in a triathlon again as a disabled person. She hopes to swim 400 meters, cycle 10 Kilometers, and run, walk or wheelchair 2.5 Kilometers.

To support Amanda in her fundraising challenge please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/superherotri

Caroline, the second member fundraising for the Centre, is going to Barcelona to learn how to sail a yacht. She sets sail on Monday 9th October 2017 and will finish on Saturday 14th October 2017.

Caroline was first diagnosed with MS in November 2013 and as a result of her diagnosis, her ability to work and socialise was drastically changed. Caroline’s health began to deteriorate, both mentally and physically over time and after reaching “rock bottom”, she decided to pick herself up and through research found a Counselling Skills course at Shrewsbury College, something she had always had an interest in.

Through doing the course Caroline gained confidence and since completing it she has now enrolled to take part in the ‘Oceans of Hope, Sailing for Sclerosis Challenge’.

Caroline says, “I will donate all the sponsorship to the Centre because I started attending there every week to take part in a Physiotherapy Exercise Class and they have been a great support. I want to increase my overall wellbeing and physical health before I sail.”

To support Caroline in her fundraising challenge please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/sailingchallenge

It currently costs over £420,000 a year to run the Neuro Therapy Centre – more than £8,000 a week. For that £8,000 the Centre are able to deliver a broad and diverse range of therapies and support services to people with a wide range of neurological conditions and their carers.

The Neuro Therapy Centre receives no automatic statutory funding, and around 80% of our funding comes from fundraising activities. If you would like to fundraise in aid of the Centre please get in touch with Katherine Robinson via email katherine@neurotherapycentre.org or phone 01244 678619.

Notes

The Neuro Therapy Centre supports people with neurological conditions including MS, Parkinson’s, ME and MND, and their carers from across Cheshire, North Wales and the Wirral. More details at www.neurotherapycentre.org

Myelitis causes inflammation in the spinal column which can result in nerve damage and paralysis. It is an autoimmune condition. To learn more visit www.myelitis.org

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system and over 100,000 people in the UK have it. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help manage the condition and its symptoms. The cause of MS is unknown and currently, there isn’t a cure for it - although research is progressing fast. For more information visit www.mssociety.org.uk

Oceans of Hope, Sailing for Sclerosis Challenge is a project to change perceptions of multiple sclerosis (MS) by sailing around the world with a working crew of people with MS. To find out more visit http://www.oceansofhope.org/