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Orienteering Control Challenge

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Julie Cleary

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

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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


A good cause
Donation by Mark Cawood
on 08-11-2018
£2.50 gift aid
No doubt you'll do it Julie, you're a winner!
Donation by Graham Williams
on 07-11-2018
£0.00 gift aid
What a fun challenge, go Julie!
Donation by Eliza & Mark
on 07-11-2018
Donation by Katie
on 05-11-2018
Delighted to support you.
Donation by Kathy Haynes
on 04-11-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Good luck Julie finding all those controls. Hope the weather keeps nice for you. Angela
Donation by Angela O'Neill
on 04-11-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Susan and Keith
on 02-11-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Great idea. See you in the forest.
Donation by Hedley
on 02-11-2018
£12.50 gift aid
... courage, composure, dignity, inspiration ... Thank you Julie for reminding us of what is important. Bravo you.
Donation by John B Riordan
on 02-11-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck with completing your challenge.
Donation by Barry & Melanie
on 01-11-2018
£12.50 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

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