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Help for Wessex Neuro!

£7,304 of £8,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 2 months
In November 2014 I was diagnosed with a 4th ventricular ependymoma brain tumour which was removed in the December at Southampton General Hospital. The level of care post-surgery was nothing short of absolutely fantastic from ICU right through to my eventual discharge, as well as the care and support I still receive from them 4 years on.

After my surgery I lost the ability to speak, swallow (so I needed another procedure to allow me to be tube fed), I couldn't breathe well by myself so I needed another operation for a tracheotomy, I had very bad double vision, I had to relearn how to walk again and a host of other symptoms, fortunately, against all odds, all of these symptoms have all but gone thanks to the care I have had. I feel they have gone far beyond what I could have ever expected, as has the final result of my surgery and recovery.

A few photos of my time in hospital can be found here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vqCiLL3xLLAs36FH1RGvJGQEqjDD5quK

I want to raise money for them so they can keep doing the wonderful job they do!

They are after a new machine which will allow surgeons to better navigate to the specific area of the brain they need to work on. This machine will cost approximately £50,000 and any contribution towards this would be massively appreciated. It will help others who need similar surgery to what I had, and will reduce the likelihood of post-operative complications.

My challenge? Something known as "Everesting". It involves finding a hill, cycling up and down it until you have climbed the elevation gain of Mount Everest, which is 8848m or 29030ft. This is something I am genuinely not sure whether I can do or not....but I like a good challenge! Why choose something like this? Why not! After my surgery it felt like my recovery was going to be like climbing Mount Everest....and I got through that, so let me see if I can cycle the elevation of it.

The date is not 100% confirmed yet, but I am looking some time around April 2019 on a Saturday, likely 6th/13th/20th/27th....weather permitting (I don't fancy around 20 hours or whatever in the rain when another day is fine!). The rules at https://everesting.cc say I must do a Strava segment, and this is the hill I shall be doing it on

https://www.strava.com/segments/935024

Yes, that's 98 times up Portsdown Hill....In a day!
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Update 3
Posted by Ross Fripp
1 month ago
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I have just added what was in the collection tin at work. I'd like to use this opportunity to express my utmost gratitude to all of those who have donated, the generosity has been overwhelming!

Keep on sharing if you can! :)
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Update 2
Posted by Ross Fripp
2 months ago
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Today I met Neil Westbrook, the head of the Smile4Wessex charity. I have got a couple of collection tins at work so hopefully we can raise even more money.

I'd also like this opportunity to express a big thank you to everyone who has been so generous in donating. I am so grateful for all of your support!
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Update 1
Posted by Ross Fripp
2 months ago
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New set of slightly easier gears arrived in prep!
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£7,304 of £8,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Wessex Neurological Centre Trust
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Southampton, Hampshire
Charity Number: 286277
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