Blaire Hannan, the Bristol-based Paralympian, successfully completed her Funding Neuro Summer Challenge to raise over £4,000 for the charity and say a personal Thank You to neuroscientist Professor Steven Gill.
Blaire was top of our fundraisers this summer with her four event ‘Paddle For Progress’. The talented sailor completed a 100km solo kayak journey at Bristol Harbour over four weekends in August.
Her courageous effort is a show of gratitude for Professor Stephen Gill who performed a number of pioneering operations on Blaire, helping restore her health. Blaire was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition at the age of 14 and by 17 years old was left paralyzed and critically ill.
The 2007 surgery, led by Professor Gill and his team at Bristol hospital, gave Blaire regained movement in her upper body. She seized the medical staff’s life-affirming gift and, with her ‘can do’ attitude, went on to become one of the country’s top sailing champions and was a member of the 2012 Paralympics team. She is now a race coach.
Blaire was delighted to pass her original Summer Challenge target of £3,000.
Blaire said after her great achievement: “I’m so grateful to all who supported me in giving back to my doctors. It was a great experience and was lots of fun, though hard at times. I’m delighted at the amount we raised. Medical supplies and research costs money, but is essential in pioneering the way for future treatments and changing and saving peoples lives. I hope the money will be help in the development of neurosurgery and neurological research. .”
Funding Neuro are overwhelmed by Blaire’s contribution and successful fundraising activity.
Sharon Kane, the charity’s CEO, said: “Blaire’s effort is a classic example of brilliant fundraising. Blaire has definitely shown her appreciation for Professor Gill’s pioneering work while contributing to ensuring others like her will have access to the support and treatment needed for serious neurological conditions.”
Blaire’s success comes as Funding Neuro launch their Winter Fundraising Program for 2017.
Watch a short video of Blaire Hannan’s Paddle for Progress: