A MAN who made an incredible recovery after almost dying from a serious brain injury has helped raise thousands for a local sports team by completing the Hull 10K in a wheelchair.
Scaffolder Matthew Burke, 30, of Ashby Road, Hull, suffering bleeding on the brain and was left unable to walk, scarred for life, and facing a battle for survival when he fell from some stepladders at work two years ago.
Doctors warned he was much more likely to die than survive, but survive he did, leaving hospital in just over a month and rebuilding his life with great determination.
Unfortunately, despite being able to walk again, Matthew was unable to return to his first sporting passion of football, having previously played for teams on both a Saturday and Sunday.
But through the Hull Stingers in Motion wheelchair basketball team, he was offered a way back into sport, and has now repaid them by raising thousands with his inspirational effort to complete the 10K.
Having helped Matthew secure a six-figure compensation settlement for his injuries to support him in rebuilding his life, Neil Hudgell Solicitors was delighted to sponsor him to the tune of £1,000 for the event.
And with other donations also coming in for three of his teammates who also completed the course, the final total raised is expected to be between £3,000 and £4,000.
Now, Matthew is setting his sights on even bigger challenges to ensure much needed funding is constantly generated for the club.
“I did the course in one hour and 11 minutes, which I was quite happy with,” said Matthew.
“It was really tough as it was really hot, and when I stood up at the end it wasn’t just my arms that ached, it was my whole body.
“Now I am planning to do the 10K again next year in a wheelchair, but also the Half Marathon, which I’ll have to starting training for now.
“I’ve been delighted to raise funds for the Hull Stingers in Motion as they gave me the chance to get back into sport and were a big part in helping me rebuild my life. They are an important club for many young people who
have suffered illness or injury, and I intend to continue doing all I can to support them.”
Susan Hogan, marketing manager at Neil Hudgell Solicitors, said:” We have been delighted to support Matthew.
“He is an inspirational character who has an incredibly positive attitude towards life. Given all he has come through, to do something like this, and raise money for others, is a wonderful achievement.”