23rd June 2021 — West Buckland School Sixth Form student Emily Davies is taking on a huge challenge to run, cycle and row 100 miles in just three days to raise funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Emily, who has just finished Year 13, has chosen this mission as a way to give back to the hospital which has helped her so much. As a result of being born four months premature, Emily was left with cerebral palsy. She explains that she has some spasticity which mainly affects the right leg. Despite some of the mobility challenges that her disability has created, she considers herself very lucky that she is more or less able to live life like the rest of her family and friends.
To get where she is today has taken a lot of grit and determination. However, Emily recognises that if it were not for the incredible people at Bristol and the outstanding care that they offer, things may be very different.
Emily says: ‘I am aiming to complete the majority of the miles on the bike, with the remainder on the rowing machine and running outside. I used the rowing and cycling machines in the gym as part of the rehab from my last operation in July 2019, so I feel confident that I can achieve this although many people have commented that it’s a significant challenge in just three days.’ Emily has chosen 100 miles as her target as this is the distance between her home and the hospital.
She is hoping to go on to take a degree in Sports Science at Cardiff Met and feels very positive for the future.
In May this year, Emily turned eighteen. This meant that it was time to leave the care of Bristol Children’s Hospital so she wants to say goodbye by giving back something to the place that has given her so much. If you are able to help her with fundraising, by donating or sharing, please see the link below:
Emily Davies is fundraising for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal (justgiving.com)