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Local lady set to become ‘everyday superhero’ at disability sports event

The 21-year-old client at Neurokinex paralysis rehabilitation centre is training to complete the ‘Superhero Tri’ in August.



(Left to right) Siblings Louis, Charles and Lara Curtis taking part in the Superhero Triathlon.

A client at Neurokinex paralysis rehabilitation centre based near Gatwick, is in training for the Superhero Tri on Saturday 18 August (2018) at Dorney Lake in Windsor, described as ‘the UK’s only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero’.

21-year-old Lara Curtis, who was paralysed in a diving accident in July 2014 is competing as part of a team with her brothers Charles (age 23) and Louis (age 17).

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The Superhero Tri organisers welcome people of all ages with all disabilities and promise that any special equipment can be used, full support will be given and there are no cut-off times or limitations. As a Charitable Trust, Neurokinex is one of the event’s Charity Friends and is asking clients, their families and friends to take part in a solo attempt, with a ‘side-kick’ (in pairs) or as a team of three.

“I’m looking forward to this event as it has been created specifically to welcome people with disabilities,” says Lara who will be doing the push/run while Louis will do the swim section and Charles the cycling alongside her.

Lara continues:

“It has a really good community feel to it and they have paid great attention to the details to make it truly accessible. 

“Neurokinex has helped me so much since my accident and the Superhero Tri event is a great opportunity for me to give back by taking part and raising awareness for the charity.” 

The Superhero Tri gives participants a choice of three distances and three ways to complete the challenges – solo (Flying Solo), in pairs (Sidekick) or in a team of three (Team Up):

The Sprint Super Hero Tri distance is a 150m swim, 3k cycle and 1K run.

The Half Super Hero Tri distance is a 400m swim, 10k cycle and 2.5k run.

The Full Super Hero Tri distance is a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run.

Neurokinex is seeking more individuals and teams to sign up alongside its clients, staff and friends to raise vital funds for the Trust and will provide places in the tri free of charge.  To find out more or to offer your support as a sidekick or team member, contact

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Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.



Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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