Dad prepares to take on London Marathon inspired by daughter with brain injury

Dad, Richard Walker, from Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire will be taking part in the world-famous London Marathon this Sunday (22 April) in aid of The Children’s Trust. Richard was inspired to take on the 26.2 mile challenge after his daughter Connie received brain injury rehabilitation at the charity’s specialist centre.  Joining a team of 80 fundraisers running for the children’s charity, Richard hopes to raise over £2,000 as a way of showing his appreciation to those who helped his daughter. Connie, now aged nine, stayed at The Children’s Trust in 2016 following a traumatic brain injury. She had tried to leap frog over a traffic bollard which then collapsed, leaving her with a fractured skull and swelling on the brain. Connie had to undergo emergency neurosurgery and was given a 50% chance of survival. She was dubbed a walking miracle by her surgeon and after several months in hospital was moved to The Children’s Trust for intensive rehabilitation. While Connie was at The Children’s Trust she followed a tailored therapy programme to help her regain some of the skills she lost as a result of her brain injury, including play therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. With support, Connie is now back at school and has been asked to be part of this year’s cross country team. Richard said: “I am running this year’s London Marathon as a personal thank you to the doctors, nurses and therapists at The Children’s Trust. The support they have given our family, along with Connie’s bravery and determination, is what will keep me going on the big day. “Connie has come a long way and still faces challenges with her ‘hidden disability’ so still has a long way to go. We are so proud of everything she has achieved and I can’t wait to see her with my family and friends cheering on from the side-lines on Sunday.” If you would like to take on a challenge in aid of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, or donate visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/getinvolved

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