An Ilkeston woman with cerebral palsy who was told by doctors five years ago she might not walk again has completed a challenge of walking 2012 miles.
Disabled swimmer and former Great Britain world champion Rebecca Hindson took inspiration from last year’s paralmypic games,
Her aim was to swim, cycle and walk 2012 miles over the period of a year to raise funds for Littlewick Patient Participation Group, as a thank you to her GP, Dr Gail Watson, for ensuring she would never have to use a wheelchair.
Rebecca, 41, smashed her target, completing the challenge in just seven and half months, despite being told just four days after starting the challenge that she needed surgery on her hip.
She walked up to five kilometres a day, cycled 12 kilometres a day, and swam 40 lengths a day to raise £600 for the doctor’s surgery. Rebecca, a civil servant at Erewash Borough Council, said: “I raised the money for the medical centre as a thank you to my GP,
“I’m proud of myself. When I first started it was quite daunting as I had just undergone two operations, and it is a long way. I thought ‘what have I let myself in for?’ but it made me go out and be proactive.
She added: “Even though I’ve had the disability all my life the fact that I was losing the ability to walk was really depressing.
“So now I’ve got it back it feels life a new lease of life.”
Cerebral Palsy is a condition which effects parts of the brain controlling movement.
It is thanks to the persistence of her GP and the physiotherapy Rebecca secured through Littlewick Surgery that the former athlete has avoided having to use a wheelchair and can swim every day.