Our Team

Whilst we have a common goal, every member of our campaign have their own special reason for Cheap metoclopramide taking part!

Click on our pictures below to find out about our ‘athletes’ (Sophy, Donna and Ali) (we say athletes in the loosest sense of the word) , our survivors (Mo and Brett), our support pair (Louise and Peter) and of course our buy Retin-A ‘puppy’ mascots (Barkley and Baley).

Hannah Anthony

Supporter

After my little brother’s (Brett) life changing zip wire accident, I was sat in my parent’s pub when I said yes to what seemed like an unimaginable idea. I realised that we had two unique survivors to inspire us and the challenge had to be just as unique.

Sophy Bassett

Team DASh - Athlete

Team DASh is made up of three unique women, Donna , Ali and Sophy all with their own stories….

The trouble with bumping into ex students is that it is wonderful to hear about their lives since leaving University, but very difficult to say no when they invite you to do something very inspiring and physically challenging. The three challenges we have agreed to face together are going to push us to our limits, but the money we raise will be far more important in helping others, than a few sore muscles.

Ali Hayes

Team DASh - Athlete

Team DASh is made up of three unique women, Donna , Ali and Sophy all with their own stories….

I met Mo in 1997, when she was my Art Lecturer as part of my Physical Education degree. For four years she inspired my artistic outlook on life. After sitting in the pub with Donna, hearing the same story of Mo’s journey, the desire to do something positive to help her plight motivated me to agree to the cycling challenge. Having short legs is an obvious disadvantage, but I ordered a specially built bike for extra small people and I’m ready for the challenge ahead.

Donna Neely

Team DASh - Athlete

Team DASh is made up of three unique women, Donna , Ali and Sophy all with their own stories….

After sitting by the fire in the pub one evening, listening to the story of Mo Lea and her journey of survival following a brutal attack by a notorious serial killer, I proposed a physical challenge that would raise money for the charity Victim support. Having had a knee injury, I was advised to take up cycling as part of my rehabilitation. Ali and I had invested in some road bikes and decided that we could raise money by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. The rest is history…….. ( we hope!)

Peter Anthony

Support

We are a normal couple! We work hard to educate and support our children. With our youngest son Brett working and left home we were balancing the usual things of working and putting petrol in their cars! Then our world fell apart when Brett had his accident to be told by the A & E doctor that all family should be at the hospital, that only happens on TV doesn’t it? So, Why this campaign? Mo , my lecturer and friend to the pub we run, and Brett have come through such challenges that we feel we want to challenge ourselves and support them in every way we can, we are all facing our limits in our own special way and hope that you will support us.

Louise Anthony

Support

We are a normal couple! We work hard to educate and support our children. With our youngest son Brett working and left home we were balancing the usual things of working and putting petrol in their cars! Then our world fell apart when Brett had his accident to be told by the A & E doctor that all family should be at the hospital, that only happens on TV doesn’t it? So, Why this campaign? Mo , my lecturer and friend to the pub we run, and Brett have come through such challenges that we feel we want to challenge ourselves and support them in every way we can, we are all facing our limits in our own special way and hope that you will support us.

Mo Lea

Survivor

In 1981 Mo was an art student walking home after planning her 21st birthday party with friends. She was walking through university grounds and was approached by a stranger. Sensing danger she started to run a way. She could hear footsteps behind her getting quicker and quicker, the pavement came up towards her and the next thing she remembered was waking up in an intensive care bed unable to lift her head.

She suffered a broken jaw, a fractured skull, fractured cheek bones, a deep cut over her left eye, two deep puncture wounds in the base of her neck that narrowly missed her spinal chord. She had many cuts and bruises to her head and body and a deep fracture on the top of her skull. She spent her 21st birthday on an operation table having her jaw wired back into place.

Despite these horrific injuries Mo returned to complete her degree and carried on with life pursuing her career in Art. Although she new deep down who her attacker was, she felt unable to talk about it until many years later. In 1993 the then Chief Constable Keith Hellawell of the West Yorkshire Police talked with her to confirm her fears.Since then Mo has endeavoured not to let the stigma of her near fatal attack by Peter Sutcliffe the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ get in the way of her life.

Now Mo is selling her art work to help those who have been affected by crime working with the charity Victim Support.

I believe that we are defined by what we give and not by what we receive.

Years ago I was the recipient of a brutal attack by the notorious serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. I was very lucky to survive. The kind acts of many people around me gave me the strength to move on and count my blessings. Sometimes I am caught out with frightening memories that are hard to handle. I have learnt to manage the trauma of the past by creating art in order to counteract the pain. I love to draw from nature, the process calms my mind and gives me a sense of well being. I now try to sell the art work that I make to raise funds for the charity ‘Victim Support’. Their motto is ’Find the Strength’. My friend, Brett Anthony’s attitude to his life embodies that saying in so many ways and more. I am very proud to be part of the ‘Facing your Limits’ campaign. It is a great privilege to be involved in a project that inspires people to move into action.

I think that this kind of giving is very empowering.

Mo

Brett Anthony

Survivor

Brett studied at Shuttleworth college to have a career in outward bound sports. At 6ft 4 tall he became a popular and talented young man able to teach most sports to include Kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and many more. He had worked at Bodyflight (Flow House Bedford) for 3 years and become a team leader he was also in the top 3 for flow riding! Expecting to win the 2011 European FLOW Championships.

On the 1st September 2011 Brett had a life changing accident when the brake on a zip wire he was traveling down failed to stop him, he crashed to a halt, hitting into the metal A frame and metal stays at approximately 40 miles per hour! He was air lifted to Addenbrookes Hospital where he underwent lifesaving surgery; his family were called to be at the hospital as the Doctors did not know if Brett would or even could survive! He was treated for a transacted aorta (aorta is the main blood vessel in the body) the team put in a 20cm titanium stent to repair it. Brett was taken to the Neurological Critical Care Unit (NCCU). The surgeon explained to his parents that the operation was a success, all blood loss had been stopped! He had survived a punctured lung, a collapsed lung, 12 broken ribs, blood flow had been lost from 1 kidney and they had added a graft to the other kidney and hoped it would kick start. His pancreas was damaged but the transplantation team believed it to be ok. He would have a second operation to stabilise his broken back. When family all saw Brett, he was heavily sedated and on life support! on day 9 Brett went off to have his back operated on, the surgeon reported that the operation was a success but it was a complete break and Brett would be paralysed from the waist down! After 19 days and lots of highs and lows Brett had a tracheotomy so he could be taken off sedation but still be able to breath. Brett was told the tragic news that he would never walk again…

On Wednesday 16th November 2011 Brett arrived at Stoke Mandeville hospital for the start of his rehabilitation. After 4 intensive months of aches and pains, highs and lows Brett was discharged. This was early April 2012 he knew that he would have an incredible tough time with adjusting to a normal life but being as stubborn as he is, Brett lives independently on his own with very little help from others. After a few weeks of adjustment, Brett found him self driving a new BMW 320D a car he has always wished to drive!

Brett continues to be an inspirational young man with a very positive outlook he has many visions for the future….