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Gemma Potts Community - Support Gemma's Journey

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In June 2021, Gemma suffered a life altering spinal injury at an equestrian event. Gemma’s life would never be the same again. Gemma was rushed to James Cook University Hospital and was rushed straight to theatre for major spinal surgery. This was the very start of an unimaginable and difficult journey.

While spending months in intensive care Gemma fought with all her strength for her own life. It was a harrowing and extremely worrying time for all who knew and loved Gemma, especially her family. The news that Gemma was tetraplegic as a result of her injury was utterly devastating. Despite this Gemma continued her fight. The first was learning to breathe and swallow again. All while dealing with the mental turmoil and the dark days she was faced with.

Gemma is currently in a residential home, her needs are extremely complex. She requires 24-hour care, therapy and specialised equipment. This is vital to enable Gemma to return home.

About Gemma:

Gemma is a bright and intelligent young lady who was hard working and living life to the full. She studied for a degree in equine therapy and had a real passion for all things equine related. She was a groom for event riders, a brand ambassador and an experienced horse woman. Gemma loved and successfully retrained two ex racehorses, Charlie and Chant, and competed successfully at numerous events and shows.

Gemma’s unwavering positivity, spirit and sheer determination has shone brightly during the most devastatingly difficult years of her life. Gemma and her family are extremely grateful for the kindness and support they have received.

How can you help:

Gemma is now preparing to leave the care home, and to do this she must have specialised equipment and continuing intensive therapy, in order to live a fulfilling life.

Any funds raised will help to finance this. Which will in turn give Gemma every possible chance to regain any movement and improve her mental health.

The ultimate goal would be to fund a 12 week physical therapy placement at a specialist residential rehab centre. This alone would cost in the region of £114000.

In the last two and a half years Gemma and her family have come to the sad and shocking realisation of how little is provided to help people with life changing injuries. It’s heartbreaking to know how much money it takes to give those in Gemma’s position quality of life and hope for the future.

Thank you for reading Gemma’s story and for any support you are able to offer.

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Harriet Gallagher
Gemma Potts
Rebecca Bradley
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