Frenchay Bath Half Marathon
Posted February 24th 2014
Former professional rugby player, Lee Audis, and gold European event rider medalist, Polly Williamson, will be running the Bath Half Marathon along with five of the therapists that treated them at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. As a way of saying thank you for the care they received whilst they were treated at the centre the pair are looking to secure enough donations to buy new rehabilitation equipment.
The equipment Polly and Lee are looking to donate to the centre is a LiteGait which is a training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground. It would allow Frenchay’s therapy team to manually assist a patient’s legs and pelvis in order to achieve correct gait patterns. In turn, patient motivation would improve as the equipment helps increase their mobility at a faster pace.
Alison Woods, Centre Manager at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, said: “Polly and Lee’s goal of taking part in the Bath Half Marathon is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work and determination that they showed during their rehabilitation. We’re honored that their fundraising efforts are to help benefit the centre and our patients. For those that aren’t running, they will still be taking part by cheering Polly, Lee and the team on at the sidelines.”
To show your support for Polly and Lee you can make a donation to Frenchay’s patient fund using the following account details:
Frenchay BIRC Fundraising
Account number: 70577927
Sort code: 52-10-51
For Further Information
The Huntercombe Group Press Office
T: 07533 886573
Notes to editors:
- Lee Audis, from Chippenham, Wiltshire played professional rugby for Doncaster Knights. In November 2011, at the age of 23, he had a car crash that left him with a severe brain injury. When he was admitted to Frenchay, he was unable to communicate, feed himself or sit without the support of three therapists. It was a further 7 months until he was able to take his first steps, but by the time he went home in November 2012 he was walking independently with a stick. Lee set his goal of completing the 2014 Bath Half Marathon to raise money for the centre shortly after he went home and has been working hard towards this ever since.
- Polly Williamson is a top, gold medal winning European Event rider. At the age of 41, she suffered serious head injuries and three broken vertebrae after her horse became spooked in high winds and fell on her. When she was admitted to Frenchay she was in a wheelchair and unable to stand without the support of two therapists. When she was discharged in April 2012 she was able to walk independently with a stick. For the past year, Polly has been training for the Bath Half Marathon and completed a 5k run in September 2013. About Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre is a public / private partnership between The Huntercombe Group and North Bristol NHS Trust. It is the only Level 1 specialised rehabilitation unit in the South West, providing rehabilitation to patients with highly complex physical and cognitive rehabilitation needs. It is a 29 bedded inpatient unit and all patients are funded by NHS England.
The Huntercombe Group is one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers, with 56 hospitals and specialist centres located throughout England and Scotland, delivering wide ranging professional treatments in the areas of: Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Brain Injury and Neurodisability, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Eating Disorders, Addictions and Children with Specialist Needs. The Huntercombe Group is a division of Four Seasons Healthcare, the UK's leading health and social care provider. http://huntercombe.com/