6 hours ago
6 hours ago
Keep going Helen!
7 hours ago
Well done! Awesome couple!
8 hours ago
Rob and Rachel Gray
Amazing achievement. Well done!!
8 hours ago
Andrew and Anne Hodgkins
A great achievement for a worthy cause. Well done
9 hours ago
Well done Helen and David and congratulations on such an amazing effort. What you're going/ done is fantastic.Xx
9 hours ago
Owen and Cris
Awesome effort xxx
10 hours ago
10 hours ago
Best of luck!
11 hours ago
David and Helen Wilson are raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association and Empowered People
The "There is Good In Today" Challenge
Event date: 14th August 2022
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When my husband, David was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in October 2019 it was a traumatic time for the whole family. But, as scary as it was, there was at least hope in the form of treatment. Indeed, after a punishing regime of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he moved into remission in the summer of 2020. Thank goodness for all those decades of research and investment into developing better and better treatments.
Unfortunately, David was then diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. This time, however, we are also faced with the harsh reality that there is no cure for MND. The type he has is called ALS (there are several different types of MND) which comes with an average life expectancy of 2-5years from the onset of symptoms. We now know the early symptoms were there at the same time as the cancer, nearly 3 years ago.
David is currently benefiting from the positive impact that over 30 years of long distance fell running has had on his strength and general health, and so whilst the decline of his whole body is rapid, he is still able to use his legs a little. So, whilst he still can, he is joining me in a major physical challenge this summer to help raise awareness of MND and to raise money for two of the local charities that are supporting us as we come to terms with our harsh and utterly devastating new reality.
Based on the model of a half-ironman challenge, I will be swimming a mile, then cycling 56miles, and finally running 14miles. All one after the other. Both the cycle and running routes will be around the local area (and will include hills!). For the bike ride part of the challenge, David will be in a recumbent which will be fastened to the back of my bike so I am towing it. David tells me he will help by pedalling a little!
We have set ourselves the challenging target of trying to raise £3000 to split between the MND Association West Yorkshire Branch, and Empowered People- which is the small local charity that has provided us with the bike train.
Whilst a cure for Motor Neurone Disease is not yet a reality, we can still make a positive difference to those living with MND by raising money for these charities. Please will you help us to help them improve the quality of life for those living with the devastating effects of this most awful disease?
Every donation, no matter how small will help to make a difference.
Please Note: All funds raised will be split 60:40 between the West Yorkshire Branch of the MND Association, and Empowered People.
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4 days ago
Oh my goodness. People are so kind! The challenge is happening this Sunday and we have already passed the £3000 target. That is absolutely amazing. Thank you SO much to everyone that has donated.
I have finished all my major training sessions now, and am in the 'tapering' phase of preparation. I cycled 22miles on Sunday, swam a mile yesterday, and am now just doing some very gentle running over the next few days.
Of course, as my fellow Harriers know all too well, in the days before a major race you will always find that parts of your body are 'niggling' and you are convinced that you are 'coming down with something'. This is also the phase I am in (l.o.l.)
If anyone is interested on how the challenge progresses on Sunday, you will be able to track me (and David) by visiting the EMpowered People website, and following the link. You will also be able to see the routes we are taking (and approximate times.) If you are in the area, it would be lovely to see you. It will be easy to spot us .... we'll be the daft folk cycling and running in the middle of the day in a heatwave!!!
3 weeks ago
wow - we are already half-way to our target. Thank you soo much to everyone that has donated so far. Training in recent weeks has involved some very long days. I will be glad to swap my extremely hard-work old mountain bike for our bike train for the actual event. My strategy has been to train on the old beastie so that the event itself with the proper bike train doesnt feel quite as hard. Hope my strategy works!!
Have been really grateful to friends that have come out and done some of the training with me. Only 3 weeks to go now...eek!
1 month ago
Absolutely amazing that nearly £1000 already raised by some very generous people. Thank you SO much.
This week's big training session will involve the whole bike ride route on my old heavy mountain bike (if I can do it on this, I can do it towing David on the actual event :-)), followed by half of the run route. I suspect my legs will be a little wobbly!!
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