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Pinderfields spinal injuries unit inspires runners after treating Olympic hopeful Sophie Carrigill

Mary Creagh with Lorraine Morgan who is running the London marathon in aid of the spinal injuries associaion.
with Kevan Baker and Allan Smith

Mary Creagh with Lorraine Morgan who is running the London marathon in aid of the spinal injuries associaion. with Kevan Baker and Allan Smith

A mother and daughter team will run the London marathon to raise cash for research and treatment of spinal injuries.

Lorraine and Sophie Morgan will run for the Spinal Injuries Association after being inspired by the treatment their friend Sophie Carrigill was given at Pinderfields Hospital.

Miss Carrigill was left paralysed from the waist down in a near-fatal car accident in 2010.

After rehabilitation at the spinal injuries centre at Pinderfields, she went on to play wheelchair basketball for Team GB and is hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

Lorraine and Sophie Morgan will tackle their first marathon in London on April 13, and have almost reached their fundraising target of £2,000.

Mrs Morgan, 53, of St John’s, Wakefield, said: “Sophie is an amazing young woman. It’s a fantastic feeling that sport has helped her achieve so much.

“We’ve raised nearly £1,900 but there is eight weeks left so I’m hoping we can raise another £500-£1,000.

“It will go to research into spinal injuries and to help the spinal injuries centres up and down the country.”

Sophie Morgan, 19, has dystonia, a condition which causes spasms and muscle contractions, and had to pull out of last year’s London marathon, but underwent physiotherapy to train for this year’s race.

Mrs Morgan who also has osteoarthritis, said: “We are both battling through a little bit of pain to run the marathon.”

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh visited the spinal injuries centre to give her support to their marathon effort.

Ms Creagh said: “Sophie Carrigill is an inspiration to us all. Thanks to hard work and the support from the spinal experts at Pinderfields she is close to realising her Olympic dream.

“I hope Wakefield people will give generously to support Lorraine and Sophie Morgan’s marathon efforts on behalf of the Spinal Injuries Association.”

To sponsor Lorraine and Sophie, log on to www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Morgan1

 

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