March 9

Leeds Parks Challenge – 2021

The Leeds Parks Challenge has now been announced as the first ever MyMyelitis fundraiser! 

If you would like 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 10 rounds of exercise for 5km in your local park. This can include running, hopping, walking and cycling in aid of Leeds Hospitals Charity.

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

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

I had recently stopped running during the winter due to poor lighting and weather. Now conditions have improved, I thought the Leeds Parks Challenge was the ideal way to get back running whilst 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 play 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 so that they can continue to deliver 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 into care at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, the care I received was great from all involved. This includes 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 came back which confirmed it.

After reading horror stories involving misdiagnosis and mistreatment of my condition, I realised how lucky I was. This likely made a significant impact to my chances of making an excellent recovery.

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

The Leeds Parks Challenge has taken place at 1 year on from my treatment at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Taking part to raise 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.
  • Whilst £200 for Leeds Hospitals Charity could pay for arts and craft 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 currently going through major redevelopment work with Hospitals of the Future.

This includes plans to expand critical care services, state of the art theatres and a build a new children’s hospital.

Leeds Hospitals Charity will be playing a part in funding the Hospitals of the Future. So your donation could be directly supporting the development of these facilities to improve the quality of care of patients.

I will be providing regular updates on my Leeds Parks Challenge through the MyMyelitis Youtube channel and the donation page.

If you would like 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.