On the 1st September 2015 Paul Maloney, Branch Chair, Birmingham District Amal Branch, and his wife, Jackie, were the victims of a brutal assault involving a car being deliberately driven into them. They have both suffered life-threatening and life-changing injuries. Paul’s injuries were so severe that he was placed in an induced coma for over a month. Paul has now recovered sufficiently for him to be taken by air ambulance to an NHS intensive orthopedic and rehabilitation centre.
Paul’s determination to not only survive his injuries but to also overcome their effects on him is incredible. Having just been re-elected as Branch Chair, Paul is determined to resume work and resume his role. The Birmingham District Amal Branch is determined to do everything we can to ensure Paul achieves his goal. Paul’s injuries may require specialised equipment, changes to his work station or workplace to be made. The Branch has already received a number of donations for which we are extremely grateful. To ensure we have raised sufficient funds to ensure that whatever Paul’s needs are we can meet, one other sponsored event has been organised.
Paul Kennedy, Midlands Divisional Representative and Birmingham District Branch member decided to undertake a sponsored Triathlon with a twist. This was an indoor triathlon carried out on gym equipment. The distances of each element of the Triathlon are below:
Row it! – 3 kilometres on a rowing machine
Ride it! – 40 kilometres on an exercise bike
Run it! – 10 kilometres on a treadmill
The triathlon took place in the Birmingham Branch Conference Room on Tuesday 29th March 2016, commencing at 13:00. Everyone was welcome to come along on the day to support Paul for some or all of his triathlon. Tea, coffee and cake was provided.
The approximate timings of each element of the Triathlon are below:
13:00 – 3 kilometre row commences
13:30 – Row completes – 40 kilometre cycle commences
14:45 – Cycle completes – 10 kilometre run begins
16:00 – Run completes!
A special thank you to everyone who donated, we were hoping to raise £2500, but thanks to the generous donations we recieved we raised over £3500. Our work however is not done, we still need to raise more to assist Paul as much as possible.
How to Sponsor/Support
There are a number of ways you can support:
Donations can be made directly to the Birmingham District Amal Branch. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Birmingham District Amal Branch’. On the back of the cheque write ‘Paul Maloney Rehab Fund’.
Individual sponsorship forms are available from the Birmingham District Amal Branch. Contact Steve Reid, Branch Secretary on 0121 503 4661 or 07870 743592 or email steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made via the following GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/gqm8mnz2
All of the money raised will go to the Paul Maloney Rehab Fund.
Posted: 31st March 2016