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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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Southern Rail train drivers smash rowathon target

Three train drivers from Southern Rail have smashed their fundraising target by relay-rowing the distance from London to Paris in 24 hours on Brighton Station concourse.

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Richard Brown (centre) with Richard Quinn (left) and Gary Harman (right) have raised almost £6,000 for Cancer Research UK

Three train drivers from Southern Rail have smashed their fundraising target by relay-rowing the distance from London to Paris in 24 hours on Brighton Station concourse.

The trio are on their way to tripling their target of £2,000 for Cancer Research UK with a staggering £1,541 raised by bucket collectors alone and a further £4,200 in pledges plus donations on their sponsorship page.

Driver competency manager Richard Quinn and drivers Gary Harman and Richard Brown came away with raw hands but not too many aches and pains after the rowing machine marathon that began at 12 noon on Friday (11 January).

Richard Quinn, 42, from Portslade, said:

“Everything went to plan and we were amazed by the amount of support we got from everyone. We had many people telling us inspirational and sadly tragic stories about how cancer had affected their lives, which only pushed us on more.

“I think we all suffered between 3-6am but once the station opened again on Saturday and people started to arrive it became easier.”

All three have had their lives touched by cancer. A colleague of theirs, who was only in his thirties, died from the disease recently.

Richard added:

“Our colleague’s death at such a young age affected us all. In the past year, five of my direct family members plus work colleagues have been diagnosed or treated for cancer. Sadly, I’ve known of several deaths because of this cruel disease.”

Richard’s father, 71, who was successfully treated for colorectal cancer, came along to support his son.

Richard Brown, 37, and also from Brighton, said:

“I lost my best friend Elena to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma two years ago after a long battle. It made me painfully aware of just how cruel and non-discriminating cancer could be.”

The drivers’ sponsorship page remains up and running for donations at https://bit.ly/2sdmYrR

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