Bank worker Nicola Aldridge has completed a marathon to raise money for Headway Aylesbury Vale after a close relative suffered life-changing brain injuries in a fall down the stairs.
Nicola, 42, from Monks Risborough completed 26 miles in the Chiltern Marathon on Sunday 11 September. She has already collected around £1,300 in sponsorship for Headway, an organisation which supports survivors of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Nicola took si hours 45 minutes to complete the Chiltern Marathon on Sunday. The event, which starts and finishes in Lane End, is not a competitive race, but the aim is to complete 26 miles on foot within nine hours.
“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be because I have never been up and down so many hills and through so many stiles and muddy banks” she said. “It was way more challenging than I had expected, but I survived.”
The mum-of-one, who is Customer Services Manager at the Nat West in Princes Risborough, is a keen runner but had never previously completed a full marathon.
But she has been spurred on by the tragedy which struck her 73-year-old father-in-law 18 months ago. The previously fit and active pensioner is now in a care home after tripping down the stairs in a freak accident on the eve of his 50th wedding anniversary.
Nicola said “The accident has thrown our family’s lives up into the air because it has been completely life-changing for my father-in-law. It was a freak accident after he got up un the night and fell down the stairs at home, suffering a head injury. From being an active guy, he now cannot walk properly, his memory is really bad and he has had to go into a home.
“Since this happened, I cannot believe how common it is to hear that people have fallen down the stairs like this, and how such freak accidents change lives forever.”
Headway’s Chairman of Trustees Phil Simmons said “We are very grateful to Nicola for fundraising for our charity. Her story is sadly all too common and we are doing all we can to support survivors of Acquired Brain Injury and increase awareness of the condition.”
Pictured are Nicola (left) and her friend Sarah, following successful completion of the marathon.
You can still support Nicola’s efforts and Headway Aylesbury Vale by donating at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicola-aldridge1