Tim's independence was lost in an instant when he broke his neck and became tetraplegic in a sporting accident. Then he reached out to Regain and they changed his life. Below, Tim tells us his story.
Tim’s true love was taken away when he broke his neck. Once an avid adventurer, climbing rock faces, running in the hills and cycling through the forests of a weekend, his life stagnated in an instant when he broke his neck while swimming.
At 19 years old, he was suddenly rendered tetraplegic and lost the ability to use his lower body. He was incapable of doing the things that made him happy, not to mention walking and stretching his legs, which so many of us take for granted.
"Having been a very active outdoors type, I found myself in a negative spiral of frustration and depression."
Can you even imagine everything about your life changing so suddenly? You'd have to learn how to go about your daily life in a completely different way. No more trekking, swimming or cycling, that's for sure!
... Or is it for sure? Not if Regain can help it
Deciding it was time to break this spiral, Tim reached out to Regain, the only charity dedicated to helping people who have become tetraplegic in a sporting incident. Regain gave Tim a grant to get a hand-bike and he hasn't looked back since.
"Cycling had always been my first love, having lived on a bike since the age of about three or four. So to see how relatively easy it could be to return to being a cyclist with a little support inspired me more than anything else.
Just like before, I now go everywhere possible on my bike. I’ve entered local fun runs, ridden with my dog in the parks, use it to visit friends and relatives and of course, it takes me to the pub!
All of this is great, but it’s the sense of freedom and independence that I’ve regained that means the most and makes me most grateful to Regain."
How to support Regain
As you've probably guessed, there are so many other fallen adventurers who have lost their independence in an instant. Too many for one charity to support without adequate funding.
40 - 60 people every year become tetraplegic in a sporting accident, falling to the need of Regain’s aid, along with the 300+ people they already support.
With such a specific cause, this incredible charity is all too often overlooked - but with such a specific cause, their help goes a very, very long way.
Help people like Tim get their life back by joining our latest charity challenge in aid of Regain.
Regain - Cycle Kenya 2019
It’s the cycle of life!
Join us on an incredible 400km adventure through Kenya’s Rift Valley to the magnificent Lake Victoria. This lion-size challenge begins in the mountainous Nyeri and will take you along rough tracks and smooth roads through tropical rainforests, towns and villages, past vibrant green farms and tea plantations, right to the shores of the magnificent Lake Victoria. At the end of the challenge there is the opportunity to visit an Elephant orphanage and to book an optional safari.
Places for this amazing challenge will go faster than we can say "Hakuna Matata" so please sign up today so you don't miss out on the chance of a lifetime.
Snowdonia Charity Challenge 2019
Have you got what it takes to take on the Snowdonia Charity Challenge for Regain?
Experience the full beauty of this stunning National Park as you take it on in teams of four, canoeing, cycling and trekking from dawn till dusk in support of Regain.
Testing spirit, strength and stamina, we challenge you and your three teammates to cycle 40 miles through stunning scenery and trek the tallest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon, before jumping into canoes to paddle across Llyn Gwynant.
Invaluable cause. Breath-taking views. Game-changing experience. Have you got what it takes to take on Snowdonia? Book your team challenge now!