On the 23rd of April, former service user, Jeff Upton ran the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre, Fen House in Ely, Cambridgeshire. After experiencing a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident in 2013 Jeff was admitted to Fen House for an intensive period of rehabilitation. He decided to fundraise for the service as a thank you for all of the help and support he received during his 12 weeks there. Prior to the race Jeff said:


What stays with me is the sense of calm, positivity and utmost support for each patient on their road to recovery at Fen House. My training was hard, and I had already attempted two marathons before but had to drop out due to injury. However, as my recovery increased and continued, I was able to take on the brilliant advice given from all my rehab team: Lee Massingham, Addy Hacket, Pam Foreman, Karen Patient and many more. I've started this training earlier and at a slower pace. I still have issues with my hip, knee and groin, which may slow me down but won’t stop me."

Jeff didn’t let his injuries stop him and he ran the marathon in an impressive 4hrs 39mins and has so far raised over £1,700 for Fen House on his JustGiving page.

Afterwards he said: "My legs are a bit sore but that is nothing to pay for being able to take part in such an event. ‘Brilliant’ is the word for the day. All went okay and I never stopped running just slowed up which worked well. I even had a go at a little burst towards the finish line. I am well pleased with my achievement, thanks again for all your support.”

He also wanted to say a special thanks to his wife: “from the day of the accident I have had a still have amazing support from my wife, children and family.”

Service Manager at Fen House, Roxanne Rolland, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Jeff for fundraising for Fen House. It’s wonderful to see that he has been able to achieve so much after leaving us. We are very proud.

Well done from us all at the Trust, we’re all very proud of your impressive achievement! The money will be put towards building an outdoor gym at the centre.

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