The inaugural Run Gatwick 5K and half marathon race on Sunday May 13th was a resounding success not least for Neurokinex Kids, one of the official local charities of the event. Neurokinex Kids provides ground-breaking rehabilitation for youngsters with paralysis. Newly-opened, the money raised by the Neurokinex Kids Run Gatwick team will help buy specialist paediatric rehabilitation equipment, fund further staff training and add money to its bursary to help families access its unique programmes.
Neurokinex Kids fielded a team of 12 including three who ran the 5K, six who ran the half marathon 13.1 miles, two who completed the 5K distance in non-modified wheelchairs and one who completed the half marathon using a hand-cycle. So far, their combined fundraising has reached £4,000 with more donations still to come in.
“Our team comprised clients, staff members and friends of Neurokinex,” says Jenny Suggitt, Clinical Lead at Neurokinex Kids at Gatwick. “It was heart-warming and humbling to see each and every one put in such an effort for us: I would like to thank them all for literally going the extra mile to raise these funds.”
Neurokinex Kids was officially opened last month to great acclaim by Matthew Reeve, son of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve who was paralysed in a horse riding accident. He believed the way forward for rehabilitation from spinal cord injury was to provide activity-based therapies – as offered by Neurokinex Kids – that promote functional recovery.
“Run Gatwick was a great event and we were blessed with good weather and a friendly atmosphere in the town,” continues Jenny. “It was wonderful to see our team members sporting the NK Kids t-shirts to raise our profile on the course. The money raised will give our pioneering paediatric programme a big boost and help us redefine possibilities for children with paralysis.”