They say from every walk comes a good idea, and that is true for HECK’s Jack Tate, who is taking up a challenge to march from Yorkshire to Cornwall to raise awareness for charity SameYou.
Jack explains the reason behind him taking up this challenge to raise awareness for SameYou, a charity that breaks the silence on brain injury, "My dad suffered a subsrachnoid haemorrhage which led to life changing brain injuries. 1 in 3 people will be affected by brain injury and there is a huge gap in the recovery care. Neuro rehab is the most neglected and underfunded in this country.
I am really into my fitness but during lockdown started doing longer hikes locally with my girlfriend Ruby and our dog Mabel. On one of our hikes we came up with the idea of a big charity walk to raise money for SameYou".
SameYou was set up by Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, after she herself suffered a life-threatening aneurysm at just 24 years old, with another one following a few years later.
Jack has chosen Cornwall as it’s somewhere he has fond memories of as a child and is planning to do as much of his walk on footpaths passing through some of England's breath taking beauty spots. The walk is over 300 miles and Jack is aiming to complete it in 3 weeks.
Jacks challenge is been supported by his team at work. "When Jack came to us with his idea it inspired us to get behind him. My father himself had a brain injury a few years ago but was lucky it was spotted early and got the right care. He's set himself a time challenge so he is really going to have to show us what he is made off! We will fuelling his mission with our delicious bangers and some of us will be joining him on the way to keep his morale up." explains Jamie Keeble at Heck.
Explains Angela from SameYou “We’re delighted that Jack is doing this epic walk to raise awareness and funding for SameYou. The degree to which people can adapt and face the future after neurological trauma is dependent on the quality and provision of rehabilitation care, As more people recover from brain injury and stroke because of improvements in acute care, we urgently need a major initiative to propel neurorehabilitation support services to the forefront.”
Despite its relatively low profile in public health discussions, traumatic brain injury is in fact the leading cause of mortality in young adults. SameYou works in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing, Stroke Association, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and Nursing Now to increase both funding and research.
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