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London Landmarks Half Marathon: Emily Warner

22nd March 2019

In October 2018, Trevor Warner was urgently rushed to Neurosurgery at St George’s Hospital following treatment for back difficulties at Kingston Hospital. It had been discovered that he would need vital surgery on two different places on his spinal cord.

St George’s Hospital is a national centre of excellence, and the heart of the South West London and Surrey Neurology Network. The Neurosurgery department at St George’s Hospital treats patients with the most complex conditions from across the country; Trevor couldn’t have been in a better place to receive the urgent care he needed.

What was a very distressing time for Trevor and his family was only made easier by the teams within the hospital and particularly on the ward. Whilst he was in surgery, his wife and daughter were waiting in the hospital, anxious of his condition and the outcome of these operations. Thanks to the doctors and nurses who treated Trevor and the staff around them too, they felt fully supported and looked after.

Emily, Trevor’s daughter said; ‘The work this team does for brain and spinal cord injuries is incredible, not just from the very personal situation my family were in but from just meeting other people around the ward when we were there. The staff on the department are honestly incredible. I could never ever do what they do being faced with people with life changing injuries every single day.’

Trevor is now well on the road to recovery and back regularly watching his favourite football team; AFC Wimbledon!

Emily, 24, is using this opportunity to give something back to the hospital and is running 13.1 miles in the London Landmarks Half Marathon for us this Sunday 24th March! Her fundraising for Neurosurgery and the McKissock Ward has gone from strength to strength, completely surpassing her £700 fundraising target and raising a huge amount! Emily isn’t a regular runner, but with the support of her family and friends; and a cause that is so close to her heart, her training sessions have gone fantastically well!

Emily said; I can’t ever begin to thank the team behind my Dad’s care, operation and rehabilitation enough. To see the difference from before to now is honestly incredible. Nor can I ever begin to thank the nurses and consultants for the support they showed my family throughout waiting for his op and being able to get him home, whether it was a cheerful conversation or a hug when I was on the verge of all of the tears and frankly terrified about what was going on. To have my dad back to being able to go on walks and enjoy the football with – although little things – mean the absolute world to me and there is never going to be enough ways I can thank you all! ‘

Emily is raising funds for the Neurosurgical department and the McKissock Ward, aiming to raise funds for the most imperative needs of the department and any urgently needed equipment and facilities for medical staff and patients in the Neuro field. Because of the support the Warner family received, Emily wants to give something back and make sure that other families receive the support they so gratefully received.

If you would like to support Emily, visit her Just Giving page; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emily-warner1

Good luck Emily!




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