A NURSE’s London Marathon efforts raised nearly £4,000 for Rednal-based brain injury charity Headway Birmingham and Solihull.
Debbie Baxter was chosen at random by the charity after applying for a ballot place awarded to the charity.
The 53-year-old, who was already well-acquainted with Headway’s brain injury services through her work with the NHS for the area, smashed her original target of £1,700 and raised a total of £3,765.40.
“Having been a nurse for more than 30 years, I’ve looked after people with many types of brain injuries and have worked with Headway on many occasions, seeing first-hand the brilliant work they do.”
Debbie, who was honoured to get her place, had run several half-marathons but was having knee and hip injury problems so had to limit the distance and frequency of her runs.
“My family, friends and work colleagues have all been so generous.
“I really couldn’t have completed it without help from Sam Tibbins and Daniel Cooke for the last few miles and Ryan Tibbs who carried me from the finish line back to the hotel.”
Debbie, who finished in eight-and-a-quarter hours with her leg and hip strapped, thanked everyone for their support before the run, on race day and with fund-raising.
“I want to thank them as well as everyone who supported me in my preparation for the run, on race day and with my fundraising.”
With her leg and hip strapped, Debbie finished the 26.2mile challenge in eight and a quarter hours.
Julie Wedgbury, fundraising manager at Headway Birmingham and Solihull, said: “She is an inspiration and should be so proud of herself, even if she didn’t have quite the marathon experience she was expecting. ”
Thank you Debbie for your efforts on our behalf and best wishes for a speedy recovery from everyone at Headway.”
All of the money raised will go towards Headway’s brain injury services in the local area.
Debbie’s online giving page is still open, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DebbieBaxter to donate.