Ely man runs marathon to say thank you for his care at a leading brain injury rehabilitation centre
PUBLISHED: 12:18 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:18 08 May 2017
A man who suffered a brain injury in a road traffic accident in 2013 has raised money as a thank you to the centre that helped him with rehabilitation.
Jeff Upton ran the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre, at Fen House in Ely.
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 for 12 weeks.
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.
“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”.
He ran the marathon in 4hrs 39mins and has so far raised more than £1,700 for Fen House on his JustGiving page.
Afterwards he said legs were a bit sore, but “that is nothing to pay for being able to take part in such an event,” he said.
“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.”
Roxanne Rolland, service manager at Fen House, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Jeff for fund raising for Fen House. It’s wonderful to see that he has been able to achieve so much after leaving us. We are very proud.”
The money will be put towards building an outdoor gym at the centre.
•Fen House is a neuro rehabilitation centre that offers community-based rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI). Opened in 2005, it forms part of the nationwide network of rehabilitation support services provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT)which is part of The Disabilities Trust.