A para-athlete from the Staffordshire Moorlands is covering 100 miles across the month of July to raise funds for the NHS as it continues to battle the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Tennis player and shot-putter Gavin Yarwood is aiming to raise £1,000 for the service that has aided him during his lifetime.
A para-athlete from the Staffordshire Moorlands is covering 100 miles across the month of July to raise funds for the NHS as it continues to battle the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Tennis player and shot-putter Gavin Yarwood is aiming to raise £1,000 for the service that has aided him during his lifetime.
He said: “It’s all in aid of raising money for the NHS which is struggling under the weight of Covid-19.
“The NHS is one of the greatest organisations in the world, and it has helped me massively over the years.
“It cared for me in my darkest hours after a very serious accident I had in 1999.
“It has given me, and many others so much. Surely now is the time to give back.”
Gavin further explained: “I was involved in a near fatal road traffic accident in Greece.
“Whilst out there, I was in a coma for one month before my care was transferred back home.
“I spent six months in The Haywood Hospital in Burslem. For the weeks and months before this, I was a very different person. I was angry, confused and had lost the will to continue.
“I’m 6’1, and had dropped down to seven stone because I refused to eat. I just didn’t care anymore.
“They made me care. With all the love and support I could’ve wished for. It was the darkest time of my life, and they made it bright again.
“I would like to raise as much money as possible for NHS staff, who continue to struggle in the fight against coronavirus.
“During this pandemic, they are pushing themselves to the limit on a daily basis. So my aim, is to push myself 100 miles in my wheelchair between July 1, and July 31.”
Gavin, who also plays the guitar and synth in an 80s tribute band called ‘Mixtape’, is now pushing himself to the limit to help those who have helped him throughout his life.
He said: “I’d seen the 5-kilometre Run For Heroes challenge that people were doing, and decided to give it a go.
“When I started training for this, I thought I’d just do a 1k, as it would be tough going in my wheelchair – I ended up doing 5.3k.
“It was tough, but I really got into it. Because of this, I thought of trying a bigger challenge.
“The ideas I had, started with doing 5k everyday for two weeks, then 50k in two months, then 100k in two months. Eventually, I settled on 100 miles in a month.
“The NHS is being pushed to the limit, so I’ve decided to push myself to the limit as well.”
As of yesterday (Tuesday, July 7) Gavin has managed to raise £375 of his £1,000 target.
To donate to Gavin’s tremendous ‘Push For Heroes’ fundraiser, go online to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gavin-yarwood.
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