Headway North Cumbria member, Adrian Hope, has decided to raise funds for the charity by undertaking a sponsored swim in December 2019.
Adrian was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour the aftermath of which was a downward spiral. Unable to work, his marriage collapsed, he lost the family home and his friends disappeared because they didn’t know how to take him as a different person.
Following the removal of his brain tumour in December 2013 part of his rehabilitation was to swim so as to keep fit and aid his recovery. Adrian started by swimming just a few lengths but has built up over the years. He now swims every day, normally first thing in the morning. Adrian finds swimming therapeutic and uses the time in the water to help him remember and reflect on what he achieved the previous day and focus on his plans for the coming day. Swimming energises him for the day though he admits that fatigue catches up with him later on in the day.
Adrian has previously done a sponsored swim of 200 lengths of a 20 metre pool to raise money for the Cancer Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital, where he received his post surgery care and support.
Adrian found out about Headway North Cumbria by reading about the branch in an article in the Cumberland News in November 2017. He realised that the personal experiences described in the article reflected his own, and so he joined the branch shortly afterwards. An active member he attends the Day Centre on a regular basis and often joins the branch on outings and activities. Adrian says that he was reborn when he found help from Headway and describes participation in branch activities as the highlight of his week.
In recognition of the support that he has received from Headway North Cumbria Adrian has decided to undertake a sponsored swim on 11 December 2019 – the 6th anniversary of the day his brain tumour was removed. In recognition of Headway’s 40th Anniversary fundraising drive Challenge 40 he has set himself the target of completing 240 lengths of the 20 metre pool at Bannatyne Health Club – this equates to a distance of 3 miles.
Adrian has set up a Just Giving page with an ambitious target of £ 1,050. Anyone wishing to sponsor Adrian is invited to do so through his Just Giving page or by donating to him personally.
Headway North Cumbria wishes Adrian all the very best for this venture.
Adrian’s story was reported in the Cumberland News (9 August 2019), posted online and referenced on the News & Star / Cumberland News facebook page. The article can be accessed below: