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Man who learned to walk again thanks to Ipswich Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry takes on fund-raising challenge

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A man who received specialist care to help him walk properly again after brain tumour surgery has shown his gratitude to the team who provided him with life-changing assistance.

Paul Osborne has completed 100 laps of the Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry in Ipswich in 67 days to raise money for the centre, with the lifelong Ipswich Town FC supporter concluding the challenge with the final lap around the outside of his beloved Portman Road Stadium.

He chose this impressive target of 100 laps in 67 days to match his age of 67 years, with the challenge marking the third time he has laced up his trainers to raise funds for Sue Ryder.

Paul Osborne taking on the walking challenge at The Chantry in Ipswich. Picture: Sue Ryder
Paul Osborne taking on the walking challenge at The Chantry in Ipswich. Picture: Sue Ryder

The Chantry specialises in providing personalised neurological care, rehabilitation and support to people with a range of neurological conditions.

When Paul first arrived at the centre, his mobility and ability to walk were severely affected.

The Chantry team said the fact he has been able to embark on three walking challenges was testament to his determination and the specialist care he received there.

Having now completed his latest challenge, Paul now hopes his achievement will raise as much money as possible for the centre, which provides expert care for people with a variety of neurological conditions such as Huntington's disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injury.

Paul said he would not be where he is today without the 'fantastic' Chantry team.

"The specialist care and support that I have received have been such a big part of my recovery," he said.

"I am eternally grateful to them all and that is why I am taking on another challenge to raise money for the centre.

“Raising as much money as possible for the charity that has given me so much would mean the world to me.”

And Sally Davies, regional neurological director at Sue Ryder, said: “A brain injury can be life-changing for the person involved and their family.

"Paul’s journey to regain his mobility and his determination throughout his recovery has been incredible to see. It has been a privilege to play such a key part in his rehabilitation.

“We have been supporting people here in Ipswich for over 25 years providing expert care for those with complex neurological conditions and specialist neurological rehabilitation.

“We are all so inspired by Paul’s desire to take on these challenges to raise money for the centre.

"The money we receive will go towards creating the best environment for residents to thrive in their everyday lives, therapy sessions and social activities.

"I really hope that his efforts will inspire anyone out there in a position to donate to get in touch.”

To support Paul’s challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-osborne32

To find out more about Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry, visit sueryder.org/how-we-can-help/the-chantry/services

Paul’s challenge was also in aid of Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity, particularly Woolverstone Ward, and Acorn Village Charity.

To support Paul's fund-raising for either of those local charities, click on either of the above links.