County Durham woman takes first steps since stroke in tribute to global humanitarian and war hero Leonard Cheshire

10 April 2017

Bradbury House residents Debbie and Tony holding their 100 for 100 pledge cardCounty Durham woman Debbie Tarren took her first steps since her stroke four years ago, in honour of the charity founder and war hero Leonard Cheshire’s 100th birthday.

Debbie 51, of Crook, is a day resident at the care home Bradbury House, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire founded. Following a brain haemorrhage in 2014, Debbie has used a wheelchair for mobility, but decided to celebrate Leonard Cheshire’s 100th birthday by jointly walking 100 steps with a friend at the care home.

She undertook this challenge last week with fellow Bradbury House day resident Tony Bell, 68, who also uses a wheelchair following a brain haemorrhage.

This was part of the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability’s ‘100 for 100’ challenge, where people harness their creativity to do anything involving the number 100 to celebrate the founder’s birthday.

The disabled adults which use the services at Bradbury House cheered on Debbie and Tony as they walked 50 steps each. Tony was sponsored by many residents of his hometown, Tow Law, County Durham.

Between them, Debbie and Tony have raised over £120.

Debbie said after completing the challenge:

‘I am so pleased I did it as I know the money raised was all for a good cause!’

Alison Garland, activity and volunteer co-ordinator at Bradbury House, said:

‘It was quite a challenge for Debbie and Tony as both of them have suffered a brain haemorrhage in the past.

‘After walking 100 steps, they are both so proud Fof themselves, and so are all of us at Bradbury House.

‘They were both eager to fundraise and are so happy to see how well they have done.’

Tony has been using Bradbury House’s services since his brain haemorrhage eight years ago, whilst Debbie has been a day resident since 2015.

Debbie and Tony now join by many of the charity’ supporters who have taken on a 100 for 100 challenge. Other pledges include watching 100 Disney films, going to the gym 100 times, creating 100 pieces of art, and singing 100 karaoke songs.

Leonard Cheshire Disability hopes the diverse range of #100for100 challenges will reflect the diversity of disability. It wants as many people as possible to take part, to raise awareness of Leonard Cheshire’s belief disabled people should be able fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

Group Captain Leonard Cheshire would have been 100 years old in September this year, but sadly passed away in 1992 after almost half a century of humanitarian work supporting disabled people around the world.

Continuing his legacy, the charity currently runs care services globally, and also has specific projects to widen education and employment opportunities for disabled people.

Fundraising from #100for100 challenges will support the charity’s work in the region, including funding for people to access activities, innovative equipment and therapies which would not be supplied by social care.

Those taking on Leonard Cheshire’s 100 for 100 challenge are sharing it on social media using the hashtag #100for100, tagging friends to join the fun with their own #100for100 challenge.

The charity is asking people to fundraise by asking friends and family to text CHALLENGE to 70313 to donate £3 to support their #100for100 efforts!

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