Matty’s Therapy Fund

Update posted by Tom Hatton On Jul 14, 2017

Hey all,

We are two weeks away from actually trying this thing and another of Matty's mates has thankfully joined us for the ride - Iain Wilson, who used to run a community bike project with Matty has a spot on LEL and is joining our team to help fundraise (and probably drag my sorry arse along into a headwind judging by the last time we rode together).

There aren't any other spots available on LEL, but if anyone fancies joining us for a stretch of it then you will be more than welcome - particularly on the journey back when we're going to be completely knackered and probably facing into a headwind. There will be a tracking system on the website https://londonedinburghlondon.com/ so you can see when we go in and leave the various control points en route. My Rider Number is R47 if you'd like to check how we're getting on.

The good news is that Matty is continuing to show signs of improvement, over 18 months since the accident, particularly with conscious verbal responses to questions or stimuli. The money you've helped provide has been a big part of that and we thankyou massively for it. I'd like to keep things going though, as it's clear that Matty still has a very long and difficult path of him, despite the amazing progress he has made so far. If you were able to share this website on your social media networks over the next couple of weeks that would be ace. Cheers everyone!


Tom

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Update posted by Tom Hatton On May 08, 2017

Hi all,

We have all been training for a little while now and are starting to break a bit. The thing is London-Edinburgh-London (LEL from here on in) is the sort of event that experienced cyclists (audaxers, apparently) spend years preparing themselves for. Trying to turn your body from that of someone who sort of pootles about a bit on a bike into that of a hardened endurance athlete in under a year is a bit of a stretch, to put it mildly.

Once you start to edge above 100 mile rides into the 120-200 mile a day category, equipment that was perfectly useable before begins to do horrific things to your body (I have pictures), snaps or just doesn't work any more. Bits of your body you didn't know existed (ITB band anyone?) start to inflict crippling pain upon you.

We are, therefore, in the rehab phase of our training, as my fellow LEL campaigner Phil put it. Or the 'preparing the excuses for when you fail' stage as our dastardly mate Glenn put it. New exercises to lengthen bits that have got too short, or press on bits that have got too tired, new bits of equipment that cause almost as much pain to get used to as they are supposed to save in the long run (you can google breaking in a brooks, but just don't look for images). My own rides have got shorter in recent weeks, but I am trying to focus on doing multi-day rides with exercises at the end to recover. Working out to deal with all this pain now should actually help prepare us for the 5 day torment that awaits us in 30/07.....

This hopefully goes some way to show that we are getting a good bit of suffering in for the money that you've kindly sponsored us. I don't want to over-dramatise it though. At the end of the day I have a really close mate who has been stuck in a hospital bed for nearly 18 months now. And ultimately, as determined as we are to complete this thing, we all have the choice to back out, whenever we want (despite the ignominy we will face from Glenn).

One of the hardest thing about Matty's situation is that the capacity to make choices has been taken away from him for now. Where he goes, what he wears, who he has to talk to - it all gets decided for him. This must create situations of frustration and despair that I think it's difficult to properly imagine without 'being in the bed'. A group of us took Matty to the pub the other day, which was lovely - but when was it time to leave? It was such an unspoken awkwardness, as we were there for Matty but had to decide for him when we'd had enough. Horrible.

And yet, things do seem to be changing for Matty, with the therapeutic supports you have helped to fund. One of the nurses heard him say 'yes' a couple of weeks ago, when she asked if he wanted his medication. These conscious responses are not consistent, but they are at least present now, over a year since he had his accident. Yet again, Matty is showing his determination, his will to live and his capacity to improve. Thanks so much for all the help you've given in helping him to carry on.

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Update posted by Penny Warin On Apr 10, 2017

Another huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to Matty's therapy fund - all 179 of you! It is truly amazing to know so many people are rooting for him and also providing such an incentive to Tom,Tim and Phil to complete this incredibly challenging ride for Matty. Your involvement means we have met our initial target, which is brilliant and which means that the therapies are now going ahead and he is definitely benefitting from them. The wheelchair motor is ordered and should arrive in a couple of weeks and then we'll be able to take him outside more easily which will be brilliant too. However, we don't want to put anyone off who hasn't yet donated and wants to! Basically the more we raise the longer we are going to be able to go on with and build on the current programme and also absorb extra costs - for example the music therapist is, at the moment, generously waiving her travel costs. So, a huge thank you to those of you who have contributed already and if there's anyone reading this who hasn't and is thinking of doing so, please do and join this amazing band of supporters!

With love and best wishes to all of you, Penny

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Update posted by Tom Hatton On Mar 30, 2017

Hey everyone, just wanted to say thanks again for this amazing support people are giving Matty through this campaign. 58% of the way there and the ride doesn't take place till the end of July! It is giving me a well-needed kick up the arse for training though, so again, much appreciated. :) The help you've given has put in place services that are helping Matty right now. I've been to see him a couple of times since the therapy started and have really seen a change in Matty for the better. There is still a very long road ahead for him and his family of course, but I really feel that the love and kindness people are showing is helping to get him back on the right track. And on that terribly hippyish note (which Matty will no doubt find amusing coming from me) I am going to go to bed - I have 600k of training to get done in the next 3 days and a lot of Portuguese holiday food and booze weight slowing me down! Cheers again everyone.

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Update posted by Penny Warin On Mar 09, 2017
  1. technogy! Hope this works . Want to say thank you so much for everybodies contribution . 100 people who want to help matty is AMAZING! And know more are coming. Feel a really strong connection to all of you . We can now negotiate ongoing neuro music therapy which Matty is really responding to ; also book in ongoing foot massage. AND explore a wheelchair motor with reverse. Believe me that is worth the extra .
  2. Thanks all So much .
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Yep, really inspirational everyone, thanks every so much!

Tom Hatton

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So proud of you Thomas. Jen & Ste xxx

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Go Ian! What a wonderful journey you 've taken to help Matt, good luck and may Matt's treatments help make him whole again. Blessing and love, Dee

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Good luck to Tom et al on your great endevour!

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