Fundraiser To Walk 140 Miles For MAAC
Cyril Dean from Malvern in Worcestershire, will walk 140 miles in the 'Walk to Work' on Monday 6th June, in aid of two charities, including MAAC, who airlifted his daughter in 2015.
Read his story below:
Back in April 2015, Olivia, my 13 year old daughter had a serious accident whilst horse riding. She was knocked unconscious and at one point stopped breathing.
My wife who was with her at the time had to administer CPR – she thankfully attended a St Johns First Aid at Work course only a few weeks previously. Olivia started breathing again but was still unconscious when the Midlands Air Ambulance landed and she was transported to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain injury.
She eventually came round over the next month but took several days to open her eyes and several weeks to speak again.
Without my wife Moira's quick thinking, the Midlands Air Ambulance and the BCH, things could have been very different.
On one of my early morning journeys to the hospital, Chris Evans announced the National Walk to Work week to which I shouted at the radio:
"It's ok for you ! I can't walk to work!"
The seed was sown and so from someone who usually walks to the car park and back, I have decided to walk from home, Malvern, Worcestershire to the office Upminster, Essex.
170 miles by car, approx 140 walking miles depending on the route taken.
Please give what you can or do your own walk to work and donate your bus/train fare or petrol money for the day!
A little about me:
This stemmed from having to sit for over a month with a feeling of complete helplessness. Sleeping on a camp bed in a children's neurological ward is a great leveller. So, this is about trying to pay back and give support to those who do a fantastic service which is much more than a job.
Although I try to play cricket each Summer, I do not do anywhere near the amount of exercise I should and really do generally only walk from the car-park to the office.
Originally a refrigeration engineer, I came “off the road” in 1993 when diagnosed with a heart problem and had my Aortic valve replaced. In 2010 I had the valve replaced again along with the main Aorta and also had a pacemaker fitted. As one of the surgeons said: "Just a bit of plumbing with a non-return valve.”
Now, with regular check-ups and medication, I’m fine.
The two nominated charities I would like to benefit are the Birmingham Children's Hospital and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Please donate if you can via Just Giving here.