December 6 2013 Latest news:
Louis Pigeon-Owen, reporter
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A runner used the treatment her father received at a Norwich rehabilitation centre as the inspiration for her to participate in a London half marathon at the weekend.
Jayne Pooley, 39, completed the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London on Sunday to raise money for Caroline House, based at the Colman Centre for specialist rehabilitation services in Norwich. The inpatient unit, which treats people with complex neurological conditions, helped turn her father Robin’s life around after a brain haemorrhage.
He spent five weeks at the unit, run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) after suffering a series of brain haemorrhages and developing water on the brain.
His daughter, a management consultant for London pharmaceutical firm Evidera, recounted how her father had had “four brain operations, been bedridden for months, had lost most use of his arms and legs, was very confused and was quite simply a shadow of his former self”. Yet, upon arriving at Caroline House she noticed “improvements straight away – a plan was put in place for his care which set him objectives and everyone at the unit worked hard to help him achieve those goals.”
He received a lot of physiotherapy, which made the biggest impact on his recovery and also underwent speech therapy.
She said: “Family and friends who know what he has been through can hardly believe the difference – none of which would have been possible without the amazing work of the people at Caroline House.
“They turned his life around and we will always be grateful. Running the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon is just a small way for me to say thank you personally.”
So far, she has raised more than £900 and was hoping to break through the £1,000 mark following Sunday’s half marathon.
“I’ve run a few half marathons before but have always wanted to run in the Royal Parks Half. There are 16,000 runners taking part, which will give it an incredible atmosphere and knowing that mum and dad will be there will make it a special day.”
Her 77-year-old father, who lives near Norwich, said: “When I arrived at Caroline House, I was on a stretcher, could not move my arms or legs, couldn’t speak, couldn’t read or write and had suffered a complete memory wipe. But within just a few weeks I had been discharged as I had recovered so significantly. Now I feel as fit as a flea.”
The award-winning event was created in 2008 as an annual fundraising initiative to raise funds to support London’s eight Royal Parks and to help causes around the UK. The 13.1-mile scenic route winds through four Royal Parks in London.
Anyone who would like to support Caroline House by sponsoring Jayne can visit her fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaynePooley which will remain open for donations for a month after the event.