Ben, a Help for Heroes Band of Brother, is taking on the sporting challenge of his life – pounding the streets of London as part of the London Marathon today, to raise vital funds for Help for Heroes.
25year old Ben, was involved in a fatal car accident in October 2011, which left him in a coma for two weeks. When he woke he was transferred to Headley Court where he underwent intense rehab for the traumatic brain injury he’d suffered. With over two years of steady recovery, Ben is now ready to start challenging himself, and what better challenge than the London Marathon, which he hopes to complete within three and a half hours.
As well as being a huge feat, Ben has another reason to want to run the London Marathon – to raise as much money as he can for Help for Heroes, a charity who has helped him along his road to recovery, he says: “Throughout my recovery, I have had continuous support from Help for Heroes, if it hadn't been for them I wouldn't be where I am today. Now it's time to pay them back.”
Just one of the ways in which Help for Heroes has supported Ben is by enabling him to travel to the USA to compete in the 2013 Warrior Games, where he was part of the Bronze-winning Sitting Volleyball Team and took part in track events. In many ways this experience opened Ben’s eye’s to the possibilities and opportunities that lay before him, he explains: “It was at the Warrior Games that I realised that I actually quite enjoyed running – and I wasn’t half bad at it, which helps! The feeling of being on the track, and losing myself in the spirit and atmosphere of a race was just so amazingly freeing – I loved every minute of it! Now I’m keen to try my hand at other running opportunities; the London Marathon is just the start of that.”
If you would like to sponsor Ben, please visit his Bmycharity page: http://www.bmycharity.com/benwagon.