We are conquering our Everest for SameYou

Health entrepreneur Alan Lowe and actor Wayne Gordon will be tackling their very own ‘Everest’ – a gruelling 44,000 step climb – to support brain injury recovery charity, SameYou.

And now the friends are looking for others to join their challenge - from wherever they are in the world - to help fund the charity’s online rehabilitation programme for survivors called Neurorehabilitation Online, with a mission to help change the face of recovery.

SameYou, which works to develop better recovery treatment after brain injury, is asking for £10 to help buy a rehabilitation session to help survivors access additional physiotherapy, speech therapy and essential support, which is often missing.

Alan, who used to work for the NHS, is the Chief Executive of Visionable, which connects patients with doctors in critical situations via technology. He is taking on the challenge with Wayne, who is ex british army, starred as Doom in the TV Show Gladiators, and is now a successful actor.

They will be ‘climbing their Everest’ in July and are calling for others to join them on this ‘inspiring adventure’.

Alan said: “I’m hoping my friends and colleagues – and SameYou supporters - get involved in this brilliant challenge to climb their very own Everest and raise money for SameYou. But if you can’t, please sponsor us instead!

“We will be climbing 44,250 steps in one day to raise as much money as possible, but others are free to take on the step challenge in a way which is personal to them.

“This challenge is important to us both. My career has always been centred in healthcare delivery, and Wayne has a military background and used to be a rehabilitation therapist. We both know how vital quality care is after brain injury.

“Join us on this inspiring adventure, where each donation becomes a lifeline, each effort a triumph, and each individual a beacon of hope.”

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About NROL and SameYou

The NROL programme, which is operated online, is a one-to-many model ensuring therapists can treat more patients – with outstanding outcomes.

Patients who have gone through the NROL programme have reported life-changing results. It is operated in real time via Teams, delivered by the NHS in London and Lancashire and has been funded by SameYou. The charity’s vision is to roll this further out into the UK – and beyond.

Current figures reveal that only 14-30% of stroke survivors receive the recommended amount of therapy, which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. (Source: SSNAP, strokeaudit.org)

There is no recommended amount of therapy for patients with neurological conditions, and fewer resources allocated, so survivors are likely to receive even less rehabilitation than stroke survivors.

SameYou was co-founded by actor Emilia Clarke MBE and her mother, Jenny. Emilia helped to smash the stigma around brain injury in young adults after speaking publicly about surviving two brain haemorrhages – which led to thousands of young survivors around the world finally speaking out about their own battles and revealing that access to rehabilitation is shockingly inadequate and it must be made available to those who need it.

SameYou’s mission is to pilot recovery innovations that bring immediate benefits to brain injury survivors and their families. It operates with a small team and works with powerful partners globally to launch ground-breaking therapies and lead vital research into brain injury that wouldn’t be funded otherwise.

Jenny Clarke, MBE, said: “It’s absolutely essential that brain injury survivors know they haven’t lost the person they were before. With programmes such as Neurorehabilitation Online, it helps patients to take back power to control their own recovery and is an extra layer of support that we know is clearly missing.”

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