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Julie Cleary

Visiting 120 orienteering controls - 1 for every month in the 10 years since my stroke

Raising money for
The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

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On 20th October 2008, I had a dissection (a tear in the lining) in my left carotid artery causing a stroke.  I remember trying to say something and nothing came out.  I was whisked off in an ambulance to spend a month in hospital, speechless!
My neurologist diagnosed aphasia, among other things, and I was assigned a Speech and Language Therapist.
Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language due to damage in the brain.  Often caused by strokes but head trauma and progressive neurological disorders (eg MND and dementia) can worsen the condition.
Imagine not being able to tell your doctor how you feel? Or being incapable of saying please or thank you - that was my life for about 2 months before I began to teach my brain to communicate again. 
Pippa, my SLT, and Ronan worked very hard teaching me to speak, read and write (at first with my left hand: almost illegible!), like I was a toddler  A for apple, B for bird, C for cat....
With a lot of hard work over months I got back to speaking (slowly at first), reading newspapers and books, to work, and in 2014 I took my last OU exam and gained my BSc. 
Many people aren't so lucky - I'm doing this for them.   

Event details

Julie's Orienteering Control Challenge

Orienteering is often called "the thought sport", and a therapist speculated that my recovery was greatly aided as all my life my brain has been trained to figure out routes around things - like a lake or damaged neurons!
I'm asking you to please sponsor me for every control flag I find on my races for a month - only the correct ones, of course 😊  
One control for each month since I had the stroke so 120 in total ; 10p per control is £12, 20p would be £24 and so on.   
Update 1: Started well as I got 39 controls at Guildford Orienteers & Happy Herts events.
Update 2: Sunday 28 was tough, cold and rainy but I managed 22 flags at Saxons SE Score Champs.
Update 3: Winchester City (17 flags) & November Classic on 3/4 Nov.  Ran over 7km through marsh & heather on Sunday for a meagre 11 controls!
Update 4: Controller's Assistant at the LOK Holmbury event on 11/11, I checked 12 controls.  101 flags - getting near!
Update 5: MV Night (16th) and SO's Tilgate (17th) events - 14 flags each.  Then did the Yellow with friends & got another 8.
          😊 137 controls 😊 Thanks everybody
See gallery for photos.

Event date

20-October-2018 00:00  - 
21-November-2018 00:00

Event type

Orienteering Control Challenge

Event is completed


Fantastic fundraiser for a great cause very close to your heart, Ju - and I know how much effort you put into it. So, I am very pleased to top up the total donations so far to bring you through the £4,000 mark (including Gift Aid)! Ro XXX
Donation by Ronan
on 03-04-2019
£18.12 gift aid
Wishing this helps others achieve the recovery that you have and to thank you for your support.
Donation by Di and Terry Smith
on 03-03-2019
£15.00 gift aid
Just seen this on British Orienteering Facebook page. WELL DONE!
Donation by Christine King BOK
on 22-01-2019
£2.50 gift aid
Kathy & Sue (at work) spent all day on Saturday 5th Jan getting donations from the "charity" Campus West car park in Welwyn Garden City. Thanks you two for the surprise, I am overwhelmed but glad it didn't rain or snow.
Donation by Kathy and Sue via Julie
on 22-01-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Well done, Julie
Donation by Anonymous
on 16-01-2019
£0.00 gift aid
You're an inspiration, Julie. Go n'eiridh an bothar leat!
Donation by Anne & David
on 03-01-2019
£6.25 gift aid
Well done Julie
Donation by John & Susan Birtwistle
on 18-12-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Well done Julie. Nearly reached your target. Apologies for the delay. Best wishes for Christmas and 2019
Donation by Colin Henderson
on 15-12-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Well done Julie!
Donation by Neville Young
on 10-12-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Jacob Sharpe
on 10-12-2018
£2.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £3,385.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £3,385.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £4,005.62

Donations closed

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