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Helen's blade of glory
6:00am Tuesday 21st January 2014 in News
AN amputee completed a ten-mile race on crutches to raise money for a new running blade.
Helen Chapman, 46, of Saville Street, Walton, lost the lower part of her right leg in 1998 after being involved in a car crash.
Since then she has competed in a series of major events, including the London Marathon and the Amputee Games.
Helen’s NHS prosthetic limb is not designed for high-impact sports.
She has been fundraising for more than a year for a £5,500 running blade and has almost reached her goal after completing a ten-mile run in Buckinghamshire.
The fundraising drive was set up by the Arctic One Foundation to raise money for Helen and four other amputees.
Each received £700 from the event.
Helen said: “I had been on crutches for a few months before the run because I was having problems with my prosthetic leg.
“It wasn’t easy, but I did it. I face-planted a couple of times, but picked myself up and finished. It was a proud moment.”
Helen, who is £500 short of her goal, has been measured up for the blade and is set to receive it in March.
To donate, visit justgiving.com/helphelen-have-a-blade.
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