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Neurokinex Kids team smashes their fundraising target at Run Gatwick

So far the team has raised over £4,000.

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The inaugural Run Gatwick 5K and half marathon race on Sunday May 13th was a resounding success not least for Neurokinex Kids, one of the official local charities of the event. Neurokinex Kids provides ground-breaking rehabilitation for youngsters with paralysis.

Newly-opened, the money raised by the Neurokinex Kids Run Gatwick team will help buy specialist paediatric rehabilitation equipment, fund further staff training and add money to its bursary to help families access its unique programmes.

Neurokinex Kids fielded a team of 12 including three who ran the 5K, six who ran the half marathon 13.1 miles, two who completed the 5K distance in non-modified wheelchairs and one who completed the half marathon using a hand-cycle. So far, their combined fundraising has reached £4,000 with more donations still to come in.

“Our team comprised clients, staff members and friends of Neurokinex,” says Jenny Suggitt, Clinical Lead at Neurokinex Kids at Gatwick.

“It was heart-warming and humbling to see each and every one put in such an effort for us: I would like to thank them all for literally going the extra mile to raise these funds.”

Neurokinex Kids was officially opened last month to great acclaim by Matthew Reeve, son of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve who was paralysed in a horse riding accident. He believed the way forward for rehabilitation from spinal cord injury was to provide activity-based therapies – as offered by Neurokinex Kids – that promote functional recovery.

“Run Gatwick was a great event and we were blessed with good weather and a friendly atmosphere in the town,” continues Jenny.

“It was wonderful to see our team members sporting the NK Kids t-shirts to raise our profile on the course. The money raised will give our pioneering paediatric programme a big boost and help us redefine possibilities for children with paralysis.”

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Free cancer course comes to Crawley

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.

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Course Photo – Penny Brohn UK is hosting a free, two-day cancer support course.

A leading cancer charity is hosting a free support course in Crawley for people with cancer and their close supporter.

Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well course takes place at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, West Green Drive, on 17 and 24 November, from 10am to 5.30pm.

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The course addresses cancer’s physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after medical treatment.

Penny Brohn UK Living Well regional partnership manager Supriya More said: “Cancer can be overwhelming, but many small things can add up to make a big difference to the way people cope as they prepare for, undergo or recover from treatment.

“Our Living Well helps people take back some control of their lives.”

A recent course attendee added:

“I highly recommend this to everyone with cancer and those supporting them.

“If anything, it was more valuable to my husband (I’m the one with cancer) – it gave him the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation.”

With over 39 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine.

Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing.

The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies, groups and national helpline.

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.

Places are limited and first come, first served.

To book or for more information, call 0303 3000 118, email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk or visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk/national-living-well-services

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