Meon Valley Issue 38 - November

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ENTERTAIMENT WELLBEING give others a chance by rowing the channel solo with a hope of raising £250,000. Paul has paid for his on-water training to date and Ideal Window Solutions have been very kind and are sponsoring some of the training, but we are still searching of a other major sponsor(s) who would like to see their name on the boat and support a great cause. I have taken on many challenges on land and in the air, so it seemed only too right too take on a challenge on the sea (I am a Royal Navy Veteran), but first I will undertake a marathon training session rowing from Bembridge to the Needles IOW.

PAUL'S CHALLENGE THE CHANNEL My name is Paul Smith, in 1991 I was involved in a Road Traffic Accident because someone overtook on a blind bend at night and hit me head on. I now have a brain injury, spinal, chest and neck injuries as well as hip and shoulder injuries, I live with migraine pressure in my brain 24/7 and I have to relearn basic tasks over and over again everyday. Shortly after my accident I went into Lock-in Syndrome for 12 years.

my wheelchair from Plymouth to London via my home town of Portsmouth, Portland to London, Portsmouth to London and in 2015 I pushed myself up the Rock of Gibraltar in record time. In 2017 I decided that I would retire from physical fundraising challenges but the passing of my good friend who was also an immense inspiration and support to me, something kept niggling the back of my mind about doing just one more challenge in the memory of Marjorie Anne and the many who fight bravely against breast cancer (including men).

My Plea to you kind people reading this is to ask if you would help me achieve my target for this fantastic charity and by doing so you will be helping many people who bravely fight breast cancer.

A year after emerging from Lock-in Syndrome and still unable to communicate I somehow indicated to my family that I would like to fundraise for children and teenager charities. For the past 14 years I took on challenges which included pushing myself in

Now Paul is raising funds for Breast Cancer Haven in memory of his good friend and a huge inspiration in his life, Marjorie Anne Walker who passed away last year after fighting breast cancer. Paul believes he has been given 3 chances in his life and wants to

Many Thanks for reading my story and my reasons for taking on the challenge.


of October being Breast Cancer awareness month.

setting positively enhancing the restorative elements of her artistry. Please help Debbie gift these treatments and share her details or if perhaps you would like to consider this treatment yourself do contact Debbie directly.

This multipart treatment, also known as medical micropigmentation, allows Debbie to create 3D images of the areola and nipple providing the most realistic of results to those who have had a single or bi-lateral mastectomy. The aim of this treatment is to provide balance to the aesthetic of the breast(s) and to give confidence of the client.

To donate to this extremely worthy cause, please visit challengethechannel

It is reported in a recent survey* that 1 in 4 women (26%) found the end of treatment the hardest part of breast cancer and only 1 in 10 (10%) said they felt positive and ready to move on when they were discharged from hospital treatment.

Debbie Collins, specialist permanent cosmetics artist, is gifting 3 reconstructive areola & nipple treatments in recognition

Medical Micropigmentation can be such an uplifting experience both for survivors and family members, Debbie recalls how “I have real nipples again!” & “WOW just WOW” captured the joyful delight of a mother and her daughters’ response to seeing her new appearance. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Just a stone’s throw from Winchester, Debbie’s Upham based clinic is in a lovely serene

*Source Breast Cancer Care. Further information can be found on Debbie’s website or call on 07875 105388.