One of our fabulous patients David, has set himself a massive challenge of walking 1 mile through Harlow Town Centre for the Brain and Spine Foundation. David has spent years learning to both speak and walk again after he suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage in May 2007. This walk will be the furthest he has ever walked since his brain injury and we are following his progress as he prepares for his challenge.
David first visited us in 2012 looking for general physiotherapy to reduce pain and increase range of movement in his joints. He was struggling to walk because of right leg weakness and he found it difficult to use or even straighten his arm, which is typical of David’s type of brain injury. Our physio’s have been working with him over the last 5 years, and David is now able to extend his right arm and walk much further distances. His posture has increased dramatically with treatment and he is now able to stand up straight with his head up high. We are very proud of David’s achievements and are supporting him every step of the way.
David has started his fundraising for the Brain and Spine Foundation and has already smashed his target of £1000. He is aiming to raise awareness of brain injuries, especially in young people, and help those in similar positions to himself. In preparation he has been exercising in the gym, using a tailored programme from the PT’s in Harlow Leisurezone and is trying to complete a long walk once a week. So far he has managed to walk 0.7 miles.
The planned date of the challenge is Saturday, April 29 to mark the tenth anniversary since David’s accident and also his 36th birthday. He would love as many people as possible to join him on the day, so grab your trainers and meet us in the town. He is also encouraging anyone who has been affected by a brain or spinal injury to join him on his walk. We are yet to hear the time or location for the start of the walk, so check back to our social media sites nearer the time!
For more information about David’s challenge please visit: https://www.facebook.com/davids1milechallenge/ or to help support the Brain and Spine Foundation and make a donation please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidChennells
Good Luck David! We know you can do it!