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Tenacious Chadsgrove pupil left unable to walk after crash completes 100 laps of her garden for the NHS

Tristan Harris 18th May, 2020 Updated: 21st May, 2020

A TENACIOUS pupil from Chadsgrove School walked 100 laps of her garden to raise funds for the NHS after being helped after she suffered life-changing injuries in a road crash.

In 2017 when Gemma Coates was 14 she was hit by a van on a crossing in Solihull which left her with a brain injury.

She went into a coma and when she came round she was unable to walk and talk.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been helping her rebuild her life since the devastating incident.

Gemma, inspired by Col Tom Moore, used a specially adapted walker to help her complete her 100 laps challenge in aid of UHB charity NHS Superheroes.

The UHB Trust covers Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital.

Gemma, now 17, and her sister Paige chose the charity because of the treatment and support she received.

Each day for ten days Gemma completed ten laps of her garden with the help of her dad and all her family cheering her on.

She finally finished her mammoth 100-lap task yesterday.

Staff at her 12US class at Chadsgrove said: “It was an amazing achievement considering everything she has been through.

“We are all so proud of her.

“Her parents and her sister are so supportive of both her and the school.”

Gemma had set herself a target of £1,000 but has so far had £1,420 pledged.

Gemma’s page is still live and people can still donate here.


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