A woman who suffered from a brain injury earlier on this year, when she was diagnosed with a brain infection, is now training to run the London Marathon on 26th April 2020.

Amy Gordon, 24, Oxford is running the 26.2 mile-long Marathon for the first time to raise awareness and money for Oxford Head Injury Services – an Oxfordshire based specialist brain injury support charity and is encouraging people to follow her journey and support the charity.

Amy, who works as an accountant in Oxford says: “I was diagnosed with a brain infection in January this year and it very nearly killed me. Since I came out of hospital in February I have been supported by Headway and they have helped me get as much of my pre-brain injury life back as possible. I am running the Marathon to thank Headway for their continued support and raise as much money as possible so they can support even more brain injury survivors”

Sharelle Holdsworth, Marketing and Events Officer at Oxford Head Injury Services, added: “We’re so grateful to Amy for running the London Marathon in aid of Oxford Head Injury Services. The money she raises will help the charity to continue to provide a range of support including; advice and advocacy, holistic rehabilitation activities and additional support within the community. Last year, 3,789 people in Oxfordshire were admitted to hospital with a brain injury. This is a 43% increase in the number of hospital admissions over the past 10 years, so there has never been such an urgent need for our support services.”

If you would like to follow Amy’s journey from brain injury to marathon, you can find her blog at 26milesbraininjury.wordpress.com where there are regular updates on training and life after brain injury, together with an online donation page.

Want to hold your own fundraising challenge in aid of Oxford Head Injury Services? It can be as simple as taking part in our Hats for Headway day, a bake off and sale with your colleagues or a HedOx Live Music Gig in your community. Big or small, the money you raise will help Oxford Head Injury Services to transform the lives of people affected by brain injury.

Get your free fundraising pack today and you’ll receive everything you need to get started. Email our supportive fundraising team at events@headway-oxford.org.uk.