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“Tom really is an inspiration to all people with disabilities”

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24 JUN

“Tom really is an inspiration to all people with disabilities”

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

The family of a Leek man, who lives with a disability, have spoken of their pride in him completing a charity run. Tom Neil’s father, David, passed away in 2019 after losing his battle with bowel cancer.

The family of a Leek man, who lives with a disability, have spoken of their pride in him completing a charity run.

Tom Neil’s father, David, passed away in 2019 after losing his battle with bowel cancer.

Tom, who lives with cerebral palsy, has now completed the recent Race For Life at Trentham Gardens in memory of his father as well as his uncle and grandma who also sadly passed away through cancer.

Tom’s aunty, Carol Wood, said: “Tom lost his dad to bowel cancer in May 2019 at the age of 59.

If that wasn’t hard enough – then came the pandemic which caused many people to suffer anxiety and isolation.

Tom was no different and put on a lot of weight.

Tom’s mum thought it would be good for Tom’s mental health and health in general to go on a diet and get fit so he started walking at first and then brisk walking and then jogging/walking and he lost nearly three stone in weight.”

Carol continued: “Tom decided that he wanted to take part in the Race for Life this year in memory of his dad but for Tom this wasn’t straightforward as he suffers with cerebral palsy which means that he has a weakness down one side of his body and his condition also affects his breathing so to attempt to run 5k was a real challenge for him.
“Despite all of the above Tom was determined to make his dad proud and completed the race in 45 minutes.”

Carol added: “Tom is a well-known and popular figure in Leek and is a real character.

He works part-time at Sainsbury’s in Leek who have been so supportive of him after the loss of his dad and have helped Tom with his fundraising.

For my part I am Tom’s proud aunty and personal trainer.”
Tom’s mum, Tina Neil, said: “Although it is now three years since his dad’s passing, Tom has used the pandemic wisely and through Carol’s input with her personal training, his fitness levels have improved dramatically.

He decided that he wanted to do the Race for Life – not only for his dad but his uncle and grandma who all passed away through cancer.

Tom was so proud to achieve this feat for them and as it stands we have raised over £1,000 with donations still coming in.”

Tina added: “He really is an inspiration to all people with disabilities – his determination to show that he could do it is wonderful.”

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  • Well done Thomas !! Proud of you as always xxxx
    Written by Leatheralice@googlemail.com, June 30, 2022 - Reply

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