Oct 18 2017

Coast to coast challenge

Joe Henderson, Michael Wright, Jonathan Willett, Rob Worrell & Chris Halmshaw recently completed a 160 mile Coast to Coast charity bike ride, from Whitehaven to Sunderland to raise funds for Emily Storer. The ride commenced over 3 days with gruelling conditions as Day 1 & 2 had very heavy rainfall, but the team soldiered on and made it to the end.

Emily Storer who is a staff member at our Kirmington office, was involved in a serious car accident in September 2011, where she suffered a spinal cord injury at T4/5 level, which left her paralysed from the chest down. Emily spent 5 months in Pinderfields hospital, Wakefield, learning the basics of living life as a full time wheelchair user. Last year she was given the opportunity to have a test session on a device known as “a ReWalk exoskeleton”. This is a robotic device that allows her to stand and walk again despite having no sensation or feeling in her legs. The only set back for Emily was the sheer cost, as the device was £65,000.

Joe commented, “The support that Emily has received is fantastic. However the biggest star has been Emily herself who under challenging circumstances has maintained her sense of humour, kept her spirits up and shown great determination. I also would like to personally thank everyone who sponsored us in the Coast to Coast bike ride which we completed in June & also Inspire T.C.I for allowing Emily to launch her just giving page through the charity which meant the 6% fee was wavered”

Following on from the ride – hundreds of individual donations, a charity donation from Inspire T.C.I & a generous donation from HIBL, Emily has finally reached her goal of £65,000.

Emily commented, “This past year has been overwhelming to say the least. I cannot believe the support everyone has shown me. This will completely change my life & I still can’t believe I will be using the device and walking again. I would just like to thank every single person who donated and helped me to reach my target which will enable me to walk again.”