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Team Cerebra at the Superhero Series!

Rob and Poppy with Anthony, Rhys and Kevin

On Saturday 19th August two very special Superheroes joined team Cerebra for the first ever Superhero Triathlon at Dorney Lake, Windsor.

The Superhero Tri is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family and friends. It was also particularly exciting because it was the first ever Superhero Tri so our team didn’t know quite what to expect!

Returning to team Cerebra was triathlon veterans Rob and Poppy who have previously taken part in the Cardiff and Swansea Triathlons using equipment designed especially for Poppy by the Cerebra Innovation Centre.

Joining the team was Anthony, his son Rhys and family friend Kevin. Kevin has previously taken part in a number of “Tough Mudder” events but this was the first event of this kind that Anthony has participated in.

Anthony said: “Me and Kevin wanted to do something with Rhys not for him and that’s why we entered the Superhero Triathlon. We wanted to give Rhys an experience he has never had and will certainly remember.

Words cant describe how much gratitude we have for the support and generosity given to us by Cerebra. The team worked with us to give our son the biggest day of his life. Every step of the way Cerebra have shown nothing but enthusiasm and commitment to making it happen! An amazing charity with such amazing people. Massive thank you!”

They all did us proud and crossed the finish line with a mixture of excitement and relief!

So far, Rhys, Anthony and Kevin have raised over £1,000 for Cerebra which is incredible! The whole team has raised over £2,000 so thank you to everyone who has donated so far. You can donate to the group campaign here.

Join our team and be a Triathlon Superhero!

The Superhero Tri is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family and friends.

The event will take place in Dorney Lake, Windsor on 19th August and promises to be a fun filled day with the chance to meet and take part alongside Paralympian and celebrity team captains.

We’re thrilled to be a charity partner for the event and we’re looking for people to join us on Team Cerebra. There are lots of different ways to take part, the only requirement is that one person on your team (or you if you choose to fly solo!) must have a disability:

  • Team up – unite with disabled and non-disabled friends and family to share the fun
  • Grab a sidekick – tow a teamate in the water and push or pull them around the course
  • Fly solo – for those who want to take on all the triathlon stages by themselves.

There are also three different distances that you can choose from:

  • Sprint – 150m swim, 3k cycle, 1k run
  • Half – 400m swim, 10k cycle, 2.5k run
  • Full – 750m swim, 20k cycle, 5k run

Father and daughter team, Rob and Poppy, have already signed up and have been chosen to take part in a special celebrity race. They’ll be partnered with Olympian Chris Jones and will be competing against the likes of Hannah Cockcroft and comedian and talk show host Adam Hills.

You can find out lots more about the event on the Superhero Series website, but if you’d like a chat about the different options and how we can help you to take part please just get in touch with ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk.

We’ve got people on hand to help out with the running, cycling or swimming legs and may also be able to supply some equipment – including a specially designed boat.

We’d love you to join us and show off your superpower. So please get in touch – it’s going to be awesome!

 

 

Poppy to Take on Second Triathlon Challenge

Rob and Poppy

Rob and Poppy

Last year, eleven year old Poppy Jones realised her dream of competing in the Cardiff Triathlon. This was particularly challenging for Poppy as she has chronic lung disease and quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. This means she can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her, but having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop her having fun.

Poppy’s Dad Rob helped make her dream come true by pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre (CIC).

The father and daughter team will be once again rising to the challenge, taking part in the Swansea Triathlon on 28th May.

Rob’s motivation for doing this is simply to help his daughter: “taking part in this triathlon is so exciting for her and psychologically it will really benefit her. She gets so frustrated at the limits her condition puts on her and this will really focus her mind on what she can do. Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

The team at team at the Innovation Centre, who designed the equipment that allowed Poppy to take part in the Triathlon last year,  took this opportunity to re-design some of the equipment to allow Poppy to compete on an even larger scale.

“Last year, we designed a chair and boat in Poppy’s favourite colour – yellow,” says Dr Ross Head from the CIC.

“For this year’s challenge, we’ve modified both products to make them more efficient; to make them faster – and to change the look to match Poppy’s new favourite colour, orange!

“Poppy’s also grown a lot since last year’s triathlon and the boat we built last year was too small. So I redesigned the boat to be bigger, however this meant it would be heavier, so I started from scratch using everything I had learnt about hydrodynamics to ensure the boat would be fast, efficient and create the minimum resistance so that Rob could swim the course. This year’s boat uses a V-shaped tri- hull. This allows speed through the water but is given stability by the two smaller outrigger hulls.

“Poppy’s Triathlon Chair has also been upgraded to make it faster and more comfortable. The guys at V-Trak very kindly donated some high quality wheels to help them roll to the finish line. It has upgraded bespoke components which will ensure efficiency, a speedy transition from cycling to running and ensure Poppy’s safety.“

The CIC team recently tested the boat out on the water (see below for photos).

You can sponsor Rob and Poppy through their Just Giving page.

 

 

Poppy’s Dream Comes True

Go Poppy!

On 24th June Poppy’s dream finally came true – she completed the Cardiff triathlon in style!

The weather conditions were perfect on the day, dry but not too hot. We met an excited Poppy and her mum and dad before the start. Poppy was really looking forward to the whole experience and couldn’t believe that the day had finally come. Her dad, Rob, was a little nervous but also looking forward to the challenge as he had a final run through with the CIC team.

Poppy’s mum, Rachel, explained that for all of her life Poppy has been on the sidelines of everything – able to watch but not take part – and always feeling left out. This has been so hard for Poppy and the whole family and this why the triathlon was such a huge thing for them all. For the first time she was able to join in and be in the thick of the activity.

Poppy takes to the water.

The whole event went very smoothly and to plan. The equipment, designed by CIC, worked perfectly and looked amazing – getting lots of attention from everyone. There were no hitches at all and Poppy and Rob crossed the finishing line in a very respectable 1 hour and 4 seconds. They were both tired but absolutely thrilled.

The crowd was so supportive all day, cheering loudly for Poppy all the way round the route. The commentator was amazing, constantly giving Poppy and Cerebra a mention. The other athletes were also very impressed, giving her their congratulations and support. Poppy got lots of press attention, was photographed constantly and gave several media interviews – and she absolutely LOVED being the centre of attention.

Crossing the finish line

The whole event was an emotional and positive experience for all concerned. Poppy proved her point about being able to do anything, with a little help, and Cerebra did what we do best – providing positive support to help a child overcome their challenges and have a positive experience.

Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to, supported and sponsored this project. Their dedication, commitment and belief made this huge achievement possible.

To date Rob and Poppy have raised more than £10,000 for the charity.

You can read the full details of the story here.

Poppy’s Triathlon Dream

Go Poppy!

Go Poppy!

Eleven year old Poppy Jones from Abergavenny has achieved her dream of competing in a triathlon with her dad, Rob.

On 26th June 2016 Poppy Jones and her dad Rob took part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they faced an additional challenge – eleven year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob pushed and pulled her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre.

Eleven year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through. Dad Rob explains “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 11 years”.

Poppy takes to the water.

Poppy takes to the water.

But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit.

Rob, meanwhile faced a challenge of his own in getting fit for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. At Christmas he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool and is using his ancient bicycle to train.

The cycling stage

The cycling stage

Mum Rachel, along with the rest of the family and friends, were right behind Poppy and Rob and are fully supporting them all the way, providing all the back-up and help they need. Rob’s motivation for doing this is simply to help his daughter: “taking part in this triathlon is so exciting for her and psychologically it will really benefit her. She gets so frustrated at the limits her condition puts on her and this will really focus her mind on what she can do. Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

Crossing the finish line

Crossing the finish line

The project has been a huge challenge for Cerebra’s Innovation Centre who designed and made the equipment that Rob and Poppy needed to take them to the finish line.

In this video, Rob and Poppy tell their story in their own words:

We would love it if you could support Rob and Poppy! If you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42.

We would like to thank the following companies whose sponsorship has helped to make Poppy’s dream a reality: Dischro Creative white

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Carmarthen Business Supports Poppy’s Dream

Ron handing over the bike to Rob

Ron handing over the bike to Rob

Cerebra is making Poppy’s dream come true – with the help of Carmarthen based businessman Ron Mounsey and his daughter Pippa.

On 26th June 2016 ten year old Poppy Jones and her dad Rob will take part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they will face an additional challenge – ten year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob will be pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by the charity’s design team.

Dad Rob is facing a real challenge in preparing for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. A few months ago he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool, didn’t own a pair of running shoes and is using his ancient bicycle to train.

On hearing of Rob’s predicament Carmarthen businessman Ron Mounsey and his daughter Pippa kindly offered to donate a bicycle so that the pair could complete their challenge. They presented the bicycle to Rob at the McDonald’s restaurant in Carmarthen on 22nd April.

Cerebra’s Innovation Centre, a partnership project with the University of Wales Trinity St David, are designing and building the custom-made equipment that Rob and Poppy will need to take them to the finish line: a boat that can be pulled for the swim and a chair that can be pushed for the running element and attached to the bicycle for the cycling phase. Now that they have a suitable bicycle the Innovation team can complete their work and the exciting designs will be unveiled soon.

Ten year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through.

Dad Rob explains, “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 10 years”. But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit. Rob explains, “Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

Cerebra, Rob and Poppy are also grateful to Beiciau Hobbs in Carmarthen for donating a cycle helmet.

If you would like to support Rob and Poppy please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42. Or if you would like to sponsor the project in any way please get in touch with us on 01267 244221.

You can follow their story on social media #Poppysdream.

Poppy’s Dream

Poppy and Rob

Poppy and Rob

On 26th June 2016 Poppy Jones and her dad Rob will take part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they will face an additional challenge – ten year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob will be pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre.

Ten year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through. Dad Rob explains “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 10 years”.

But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit.

Rob, meanwhile is facing a challenge of his own in getting fit for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. At Christmas he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool and is using his ancient bicycle to train.

Rob running on a treadmill

Rob is put through his paces

The University of Wales Trinity St David, who are project partners in CIC, are also fully supporting Rob and Poppy’s challenge. The University’s renowned health and sports specialists Dr Peter Herbert and Nalda Wainwright, who coach elite athletes in their high performance laboratory, will be giving advice to Rob and Poppy on their training programme.

Mum Rachel, along with the rest of the family and friends, are right behind Poppy and Rob and are fully supporting them all the way, providing all the back-up and help they need. Rob’s motivation for doing this is simply to help his daughter: “taking part in this triathlon is so exciting for her and psychologically it will really benefit her. She gets so frustrated at the limits her condition puts on her and this will really focus her mind on what she can do. Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”

The project is also a huge challenge for Cerebra’s Innovation Centre who are designing and making the equipment that Rob and Poppy will need to take them to the finish line. Having seen one of CIC’s recent projects (the surfboard), Rob realised what it was possible to achieve with a little help and decided to set the charity the challenge of designing, engineering and manufacturing three unique sporting products.

Innovation Centre's design for Poppy's boat

Latest design for Poppy’s boat

In principle the plan sounded quite easy for the design team – Poppy and Rob need a chair on wheels and a boat. But Poppy wants to win! So they need a chair on wheels with suspension, every ergonomic issue addressed and resolved, it must roll well and true and must be comfortable for both users. It must be light, stiff yet comfortable. The “boat” will be a unique design, sleek, slender and with the least hydrodynamic resistance possible, yet it must also be stable, strong – and unsinkable! Engineering will be one of the biggest challenges, but the team have lots of friends who have already offered lots of help. They will be collaborating with V-Track seating systems, Loop Wheels, J.D.Marine for welding, and have been offered significant design advice by naval architect Richard Pemberton from Falmouth. Oh – and as Poppy’s favourite colour is yellow, that’s what it’s going to be!

Dr Ross Head, Product Design Manager at CIC, explains “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be a part of this challenge. It is incredibly humbling to be around someone like Poppy- she is bright, bubbly, smiles all the time, she doesn’t complain about her situation, she just gets on and makes the best of every situation. When we met with Rob he was very emotional at the level of support and enthusiasm we showed towards them. But it is the same for us, to be able to help them achieve this impressive task really will be a moment to remember”.

Rob at the starting point in Cardiff Bay

Rob meets The team at the starting point in Cardiff Bay

Welsh Triathlon and organisers of the Cardiff event, Always Aim High, are fully supportive of Poppy and Rob’s challenge. Amy Jenner from Wales Triathlon said “’Welsh Triathlon are committed to making sure everyone can achieve their Triathlon challenge. This is a dual challenge – both Rob’s amazing physical challenge and Poppy’s determination to experience life at its full. The Cerebra team designing the special equipment, the race organisers Always Aim High, and the support crew, have worked wonderfully together to make Poppy and Rob’s dreams come alive as well as raise money for charity Cerebra and other brain injured children”.

 

We’ll keep you updated on Rob and Poppy’s progress over the next few months.

You can watch a great video about Rob and Poppy on our YouTube channel.

If you would like to support Rob and Poppy please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42