In addition to the six people who filled our Virgin Money London Marathon charity places we have another incredible supporter, Shena Kozuba-Kozubska, generously taking part in support of Horatio’s Garden, as well as the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Having run the London Marathon in four hours 30 years ago to raise money for the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund, which helped Shena after she seriously fractured her skull and suffered a brain haemorrhage, she successfully raised £6,000 with only ‘snail mail’ to get her to her fundraising target.
Whilst she swore she would never compete in the gruelling race again, she’s now back and determined to complete the Marathon again having gained her own place in this October’s event.
The reason she’s generously fundraising for us, along with the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, is because, in Shena’s words, the duo ‘saved her life’ after she fell from a stationary horse five years ago.
Having stopped to let a car pass, the next thing Shena knew she was waking up in ICU four weeks later. No one saw what happened, but she received crush injuries to her rib cage, spine, pelvis and internal organs, which resulted in her losing a kidney.
Thanks to the quick arrival of paramedics, a credit to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Shena made it to hospital in time for medical teams to work a miracle.
She was transferred to the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital, which was where she discovered Horatio’s Garden once she was able to leave the ICU.
The garden was a haven throughout her stay in hospital and somewhere she spent as much time as possible. It was here that she first adjusted to being in a wheelchair and eventually became the place where she regularly practiced walking again.
Shena has also generously chosen to fundraise Motor Neurone Disease Association, as this is another charity close to her heart for a different reason. A year and a day before her accident, Shena lost her elder sister, Joanna, to Motor Neurone Disease. She is therefore running to also help raise funds for more research into this devastating disease.
We share Shena’s hope that everyone will give whatever they can as she embarks on her extraordinary fundraising feat and that with the help of her fundraising page, combined with the power of social media, she will be able to raise at least £6,000 and hopefully a great deal more.
We wish Shena all the very best for the rest of her training and will look forward to hearing about her London Marathon experience later this autumn.