March 9

Leeds Parks Challenge – 2021

The Leeds Parks Challenge is the first-ever MyMyelitis fundraiser! 

If you want to donate to my Leeds Park Challenge, visit my Leeds Hospitals Charity Enthuse page. All donations are greatly appreciated!

What is the Leeds Parks Challenge?

The Leeds Parks Challenge is to complete ten rounds of exercise for 5km in your local park. The activity can include running, hopping, walking, and cycling in aid of Leeds Hospitals Charity.

The challenge starts from the 1st of February 2021 until the 30th of April 2021. I have decided to do 10x 5km runs to complete the challenge.

As you may have read in Scott's Story, running was my primary form of exercise while recovering from the effects of Transverse Myelitis.

I had recently stopped running during the winter due to poor lighting and weather. Now that conditions have improved, the Leeds Parks Challenge was the ideal way to get back running while raising funds for a good cause. 

Leeds Hospitals Charity Logo

What is the Leeds Hospitals Charity?

The Leeds Hospitals Charity is the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, supporting them in delivering the best care for patients and their families.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals operates across numerous hospital sites within the city, including a cancer centre and a dental institute. They provide a wide range of services to patients within the area and beyond.

Leeds Hospitals Charity plays a significant role in supporting this by helping to fund lifesaving equipment, research fellowships, and improvements to the patient environment.

Each year they provide £5m in additional funding to Leeds Teaching Hospitals to continue delivering excellent care to those who need it.

If you want to learn more about Leeds Hospitals Charity, please visit their website for further information.

Why we chose the Leeds Parks Challenge?

Firstly, I wanted to give something back to the hospital trust which treated me during my MOG Antibody Disease attack.

Since being admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals, I have received excellent care from all involved, including the nurses, porters, consultants, and admin staff during my stay.

The neurologists treated the condition correctly, even accurately predicting the diagnosis of MOGAD before the blood test results confirmed it.

After reading horror stories involving misdiagnosis and mistreatment of my condition, I realised how lucky I was. The care I received has likely significantly impacted my chances of making an excellent recovery.

The NHS continues under pressure during the pandemic and provides quality care to those who need it. 

The Leeds Parks Challenge has taken place one year after my treatment at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Taking part in raising funds to give something back to them seemed like the right thing to do.

What you can do to help?

To support the Leeds Parks Challenge fundraiser, you can donate to the fundraiser through my Leeds Hospitals Charity Enthuse page.

Any donations are greatly appreciated and will be going towards helping other patients receive care. For example - 

  • Raising £100 for Leeds Hospitals Charity could pay for a wig for someone experiencing hair loss during cancer treatment.
  • £200 for Leeds Hospitals Charity could pay for arts and crafts supplies for the play specialist team to use on a ward.

These are just two small examples of what your donations can help achieve. Leeds Teaching Hospitals are undergoing significant redevelopment work with Hospitals of the Future.

Hospitals of the Future includes plans to expand critical care services, state-of-the-art theatres, and build a new children's hospital.

Leeds Hospitals Charity will play a part in funding the Hospitals of the Future. Your donation could directly support the development of these facilities to improve patient's quality of care.

I will regularly update my Leeds Parks Challenge through the MyMyelitis Youtube channel and the donation page.

If you want to donate, please visit my Leeds Hospitals Charity Enthuse page and give generously.

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About the author 

Scott Tarpey

Scott was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM) in March 2020 caused by MOG Antibody Disease (MOGAD). He founded MyMyelitis in July 2020 to raise awareness of TM, MOGAD and similar neurological conditions to help others with their recovery.