Step Up Appeal Client Challenges


Laura (& Wendy!)


Laura Bibby, 42, a nurse and mum-of-four from Burgess Hill, set herself the incredibly tough challenge of walking 10K just one year after a spinal cord injury left her using a wheelchair. This was over twice the distance she had covered since her accident but she managed it in 3 hours and 50 minutes. Her close friend, Wendy Oates, was so inspired by what Laura did, she decided to step up to run 42 miles/68 km to boost her fundraising. Wendy completed her run in 8.5 hours, finishing at the University of Sussex where she and Laura met as student nurses over 20 years ago. Laura and her family were there to welcome Wendy.






Young Alfie, nearly 5, set himself a challenge to travel 20km over the course of one month, independently pushing his wheelchair round and round the garden.  Sporting a superhero cape and mask, Alfie has been out in all weathers to hit his daily target – accompanied by younger brother Freddie running along beside him.






Father of two Damian Riley, 49, completed a ‘sprint triathlon’ challenge to mark the first anniversary of a cycling accident that left him tetraplegic.  His challenge comprised eight minutes of continuous upper body work with dumbbells (to replicate the 400-metre swim), followed by a 10km time trial on his indoor spin bike and finally a 2.5km walk with the aid of his crutch. He completed the challenge in one hour and 59 minutes







Toddler Ralph, 2, completed 100 leg presses on a home-made machine built by his grandfather. Ralph was paralysed at birth and his mum India considers Neurokinex to be a ‘lifeline’ for him.  His grandfather built the mini leg press to help keep Ralph’s rehabilitation exercises going throughout lockdown. To do 100 leg presses in one go was tough but he succeeded!






Rob Camm, 26, is rowing the equivalent of the Gloucester/Sharpness Canal (16.25 miles), despite being paralysed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Rob was a keen rower when, aged 18, he was involved in a car accident that resulted in a high-level spinal injury that left him tetraplegic, only able to move his head and shrug his shoulders. As he can’t use a traditional rowing machine, he turned to family friend and fabricator, Chris Pain, who used his ingenuity to fashion a rowing machine by turning an old bike upside down, fixing a handle to its frame which is also attached to one of the pedals. It also has a bike distance counter to track Rob’s mileage, time and speed. Rob’s challenge will take him seven days, starting on July 13th.SEE MORE HERE