Gavin's marathon wheelchair challenge to support the NHS

TWENTY years ago Gavin Yarwood was a involved in an horrific road accident in Greece which threatened to claim his life. But thanks to the skills of medical workers he is with us to this day. Gavin, from Leek, was in a coma in a Greek hospital for a month after his brush with death, before being flown home to spend sixth months in the care of the NHS. Since then Gavin has conquered disability to become a para athlete, despite the need for a wheelchair. Next month he will be 'wheeling' 100 miles raising in a sponsored push to raise cash for the NHS, in recognition of those health workers fighting to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Tennis player and shot putter Gavin's target is £1,000. Gavin told online Sport In Staffs: “The NHS is one of the greatest organisations in the world, and it has helped me massively over the years. “It cared for me in my darkest hours after a very serious accident I had in 1999. It has given me, and many others so much. Surely now is the time to give back.” Gavin, who also plays the guitar and synth' in an 80s tribute band called ‘Mixtape’, said he is taking on a feat of this kind for the first time in his life. He said: “The NHS is being pushed to the limit, so I’ve decided to push myself to the limit as well.” Gavin has set up an account on the online JustGiving page for donations.


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