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Cycling Challenge; One woman’s mission to thank three charities that helped save her life

On the 18th August 2017, Eleanor Browne will be setting off from Plymouth, on a solo cycling challenge all the way to Bristol. After a near-fatal paragliding accident in 2014, this cycle challenge will highlight the excellent work of three charities that saved Eleanor’s life and helped her learn to walk again; Devon Air Ambulance (DAA), Plym Neurological Rehab Unit, and the Southmead Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Bristol.

Eleanor will set off from the Plym Neurological Rehab Unit at Mount Gould Hospital on 18th August, cheered on by some of the staff that treated her during her 2-month stay. Plym is a fifteen-bed inpatient neurological rehabilitation unit for adults. Eleanor will then visit Devon Air Ambulance in Exeter on 23rd August to meet one of the paramedics who airlifted her from the accident site in Somerset. The challenge will finish at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on 31st August, exactly three years after the accident.

Eleanor said “I was only able to get back on my bike about 7 months ago due to my injuries, and I’ve been steadily building up my training since then. The 160 miles from Plymouth to Bristol will be a massive challenge for me, but it is possible and I will make it happen.”

Caroline Creer, DAA’s Fundraising Director, is inspired by Eleanor’s determination, “This is a remarkable challenge to undertake. Given the severity of Eleanor’s injuries caused by the accident, including life-threatening internal injuries and multiple broken bones, she has made an amazing recovery and it’s heartwarming that she has chosen to fundraise for the three charities who helped her. We wish her every success along the way.”

The challenge is aiming to raise £3,000 in total for the three charities who perform amazing life-saving work every day. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so via her Virgin Giving page

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