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Four Marathon Challenges For London Student

A twenty-year-old, London student will be taking on a special challenge when he runs in the Virgin London Marathon on 17th April, to help raise funds for The Children’s Trust, a charity that helped him in his recovery following an accident, which left him with an acquired brain injury.

Will Jaffray for Charity

Will Jaffray for Charity

In July 2004, Will Jaffray, from Chelsea, sustained fractures, life-threatening injuries and a severe brain injury in a tragic car accident, which left him in a coma for 33 days. He was unable to walk or talk and had to undergo intensive rehabilitation to regain his lost skills.

After spending three months in hospital, Will made a remarkable physical recovery but he required specialist assessment and on-going support to help him with his difficulties with language and thinking as a result of his brain injury. At this point, Will was helped by The Children’s Trust, a national charity which provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation services to children with an acquired brain injury. Fiona Adcock, Head of the Brain Injury Community Team at The Children’s Trust, said: “Our job involved supporting and empowering the network around Will to help facilitate his participation in everyday life, including relationships with family, friends and teachers to help him integrate back into life at school.”

In January 2005, he returned to Stowe School where his driving force and determination helped him to pass six GCSEs and three A Levels, before enrolling at Oxford Brookes University, where he is studying English Literature and Politics, with the aim of following a career in journalism.

Will has been busily training for the marathon since September. He runs seven-and-a-half miles every morning, with a fifteen-mile run on Sunday. Not content with taking on one marathon, Will is also taking part in the adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon on March 6th, followed by the Surrey Spitfire 20 Mile Marathon a week later, the Reading Half Marathon on March 20th and then the Kingston Breakfast Run on 27th March. Together with his friend Martin Georgala, also from London, the duo aim to raise over £3,200 for The Children’s Trust.

Will said: “I have everything to thank The Children’s Trust for. I received wonderful support from them, and I am determined to raise as much money as I can for the charity, so that the Trust can reach out and help more children with acquired brain injuries. But I need all the help I can get and I do hope that as many people as possible will sponsor me.”

If you would like to sponsor Will, please visit:
For further information about The Children’s Trust – its services and fundraising events – please visit: The Trust has lots of runs throughout the year to suit all ages and abilities.