Raising brain injury awareness

£2,915 of £2,000 goal

Raised by 78 people in 37 months
On the 24th May 2015 my life changed forever. In a freak accident with my beloved horse, Pete, we had a rotational fall at Rockingham International Horse Trials. Pete lost his life and I was left in critical care with a life-threatening head injury, and remained acutely ill for most of the summer. 
Originally due to be in hospital for a year, I was discharged after two months. The road to recovery has been harder than I could have ever imagined, psychologically and physically, but by doing this I am proving living with a brain injury does not have to stop you from achieving incredible things.
In June 2016 I am doing the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon, with my boyfriend doing the swim for me and I will be doing the 20km bike and 6km run. 
I am raising money for the Central England Rehabilitation Unit in Leamington, the hospital that is responsible for my remarkable recovery and Oaksey House, who have pushed me further along the road with their expert sports rehabilitation.
Doing this means everything to me. To be well enough to compete and, in doing so, to raise money for the two main places that saved my life and quality of life, is overwhelming. Please give all you can!!
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Under 3 weeks to go and I've just completed the full length of my triathlon, by doing a 20km bike and 6km run. Altogether my fundraising is at £2510, but please keep donating; if I'm doing 26km of exercise in 20 degree heat and still standing, the two places I'm raising money for deserve everything I can raise. I owe both my life so I'll keep working my arse off to make sure I do them justice come June 4th!
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First attempt at a bike and run session. As it was my first try worked at about 85% and still managed to do it an hour!! now just to add another 10km on in the next 6 weeks... Alex Harper get those lengths in- no letting the side down!!

I'm doing a 20km bike followed by a 6km run in June, whilst still being in the acute stages of a brain injury.,.. If I'm this much of an idiot please donate to make it more legit!!!
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I am 6 weeks into my new exercise plan and already noticing the difference. I have got more energy, have my fatigue under control (always fitting in a nap each day) and I am able to slightly increase the time on my cardio sessions every fortnight.

I am now lifting a decent amount in the gym twice a week and completing three 40- 45 minute cardio sessions a week. This is made easier by my symptoms slowly fading. The further I'm getting away from my accident the better I'm getting- our fall being now nearly 10 months ago. Fatigue, PTSD and slight left- sided weakness are still my main limitations, but I am very hopeful this will all pass after 18 months. It is a very long road but with the support of my amazing friends this does not phase me at all. And if I can complete a triathlon when I was still meant to be in hospital, or when people are expecting me to be bed bound and acutely unhappy then I will have proven that, if managed properly, limitations are just in your head.
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So my symptoms were getting a bit out of hand so I went to see the Hobbes neurological team at Oaksey House and turns out I've been overtraining! Who knew... So I'm on a month's probation of short low-intensity exercise five times a week to give my head and body the chance I've starved them of to recover.

Today I ran my triathlon run route, twice around the deceptively large lake at Blenheim. Surprised myself by doing it in 25 minutes, when I had allowed 45! So aiming to do it in 20 minutes in June all being well. Next step is my comical first ride on a road bike! Please don't forget to donate!!!
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£2,915 of £2,000 goal

Raised by 78 people in 37 months
Created November 23, 2015
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£20
Antonia Keaney
30 months ago

Go Sophie! What an achievement. x

MS
£50
Mark Smith
30 months ago

Sophie- this is from Sylvia Smith, your grandmother's sister, who says congratulations! Love Mark

£15
Anonymous
30 months ago
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£100
Mark Smith
30 months ago

This is really amazing Sophie! It's very hard raising money these days when everyone is bombarded with cold calls etc. It must have been a big effort to get that amount. Hope it went ok and you're well. Love Mark

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£120
Emma-Jane Mc Cormack
30 months ago

Bravo Sophie! Xx

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