Injured Jockeys Fund News
On Tuesday 29th January at IJF's Oaksey House, Ed Barrett presented the Injured Jockeys Fund and Nicholls Spinal Injuries Foundation with a cheque for £7,000 which he raised from his Newbury Racecourse 'Parade Ring Walk' in September 2018. Seen here presenting the cheque to IJF's Oaksey House, Stregnth and Conditioning coach Gavin Egan who helped Ed throughout his time at Oaksey House with his rehabilitation and fitness training.
After a life-changing fall in 2015, point-to-point rider Ed Barrett was told that he would never walk again. Saturday 22nd September saw Ed walk a lap of the Newbury Racecourse parade ring before racing, without the use of his crutches, to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
“Whilst at Oaksey House, I came up with the idea to walk a lap of a racecourse paddock both to give myself a goal and to promote the work of the Injured Jockeys Fund and all the help they have given me. I also hope one day there will be a cure for spinal cord injuries so have chosen to raise money equally for The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. Having a spinal injury changes your life and there is a lot to overcome. However, it’s not all doom and gloom – I have managed to walk short distances without crutches, ride a pony, swim in a pool, drive a car, drive a tractor, swing a golf club and scuba dive!”
On the 12th April 2015, Ed was riding in a point-to-point at Upcott when his horse fell, and he was kicked in the neck. This broke and dislocated his neck and a fragment of the bone went into his spinal cord, causing paralysis. He had no movement from the neck down and after an operation to rebuild his neck, spent three weeks in intensive care in Plymouth Hospital. He then was transferred to Oswestry Spinal Hospital to start rehabilitation. After 10 weeks of complete bed rest and intensive specialist physiotherapy, he started to regain some movement and after six months left hospital, able to walk with a Zimmer frame.
He then lived at the Injured Jockeys Fund's Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, Oaksey House, for four months receiving physio and strength and conditional training.
Three and a half years later, Ed can walk short distances with crutches and even shorter ones, without.
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