The Yellow Beetle Challenge

On 2nd January 2010 my wife Samantha Shattock (Sam) suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of forty-one. As a result of her heart stopping for over forty minutes Sam has suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury. After time in hospital in both Peterborough and Lincoln Sam is now being cared for at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) in Putney, SW London. Sam has been a patient at the RHN since May and is now receiving the very best in therapy, treatment and care. Despite Sam making some good progress since May she is still a long, long way from a full recovery. The realistic likelihood is that Sam will never come home.

Prior to January 2nd Sam led a perfectly normal life. She worked, exercised, walked her dog and was a fantastic mum to our two teenage children. Although rare, a brain injury like Sam’s could happen to anyone, a result of a cardiac arrest, a brain haemorrhage brought on by stress or a road traffic accident. It’s called The Yellow Beetle Challenge because Sam was known in our home town for driving her yellow VW Beetle.

The Yellow Beetle Challenge is turning into an annual set of challenges for me and team YBC!

YBC #1 was to complete three BIG events in three continents within a twelve month period with a fundraising target of raising £10,000 for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

Those challenges were...

  • April 2011 – London to Paris Cycle Ride – on a fixed wheel bike
  • November 2011 – New York Marathon
  • February 2012 – Climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

As well as the above I also completed a number of training events including three or four 10k runs, the Great Eastern half marathon, the Dragon Ride Cycle Sportive in Wales, the Dunwich Dynamo bike ride, the Yorkshire Three Peaks hill walk and I climbed Mt. Snowdon twice. During the 12 month period we managed to raise a staggering £25,000 - which is way, way beyond anyone's expectations.

So what next? YBC #2 of course!

In 2012 I will run the London Marathon, cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End and walk from Whitehaven on the west coast of England to Sunderland on the east coast of England.

But these are individual events - in fact, the more the merrier so if you fancy a run, walk or cycle, please get in touch via the contact page on this website or via the facebook page.

But most important of all is the essential funds that the amazing Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability needs to continue caring for patients like Sam. So if you can spare £5, £10, £50, £100 or even more, please click here to visit the Just Giving donation page and give what you can. Every penny that you donate will go to the RHN as all of the events that Team YBC participate in are all self-funded.

Thank you for your support.

Mike Shattock.

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