Tony completes 10k run to raise funds .......
Tony Hogan of Co. Tipperary, Ireland decided to run the Galway 10k run on 4th October 2014 to raise funds for the Lighthouse Club as way of saying 'thank you' for our help, here's his story:
“I turned 29 this year and my life completely changed after my accident on the 21st July 2012 when I was just 26!
I had been playing in a hurling match in Ruislip that fateful day and after the match went out socialising with my team mates. On leaving to catch the tube train I was crossing the road and was hit by a taxi. I believe I was thrown over the bonet of the taxi and my head hit the windscreen breaking it. I suffered a broken pelvis, a broken jaw, a broken nose and received numerous stitches in my mouth and on the side of my head. My front teeth were also all knocked out!
I was in a coma for around 6 long weeks. They could see me blinking my eyes one week and the next week I could give people a thumbs up or thumbs down. The recovery took time and was very slow.
A friend of mine, Tom Milne, put my family in touch with the lighthouse charity and they were able to step in and help finacially while I was in a coma, this help was greatly appreciated and very much needed. While I was in hospital my Father had broken his ankle from a fall off the silage pit at so he was unable to visit.
I was in King's college hospital in stockwell, then transferred to St. Marys hospital in Paddington. In early October I was transferred to Northwick Park Hospital where I underwent extensive rehabilitation. After 4 long months I came out of hospital to recover at home.
The Lighthouse Club Charity were there for me when I really needed help & to show my sincere thanks I decided to give something back by raising money by taking part in the Galway 10k.”
Tony shared his story at our Annual Charity Dinner on 27th November 2014 and received a standing ovation!