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Race on to help Jo Jo Blinman is a strong woman. She’s had to be. A house fire killed two of her daughters and left her with bad burns. The pain in her legs was such that she asked doctors to amputate them. She says that has made her life a lot more bearable, but there is one down side. The prosthetic legs she has been given just aren’t up to the job. Sitting on the verandah of Coalpit Heath Cricket Club, where Paul’s Place is based she tells me about her current legs; “they are a bit big and they are a bit basic. I’ve been known to get up out of a chair, sit up and go smack onto the floor because I have to click something into place on my leg. I can never wear anything nice because the metal ruins them”. There is another reason why Jo is desperate to upgrade her prosthetic legs: “I love dancing. I’ve got my own chair at home with the lights on, but I want to dance. I used to bop in my younger days, so why can’t I bop again?” Cost is the main reason. Paul’s Place want to raise £30,000 to realise Jo’s dream. There is a range of state of the art legs now, but they are out of the reach of most budget. Paul’s Place also wants to make sure there is good physio support for Jo. As Frome Valley Voice went to press, Jo was still engaged in a battle with Bristol City Council over participating in the half marathon. She remains determined she will be there in September: “We will be doing it, whatever the consequences. I’m the sort of person that jumped out of an aeroplane two years ago. If someone says no to me, I’m afraid I don’t like no! It’s a challenge, and I’ll take it on”. Frome Valley Voice would like to add its weight behind the fundraising effort for Jo. We are hoping that local runners in the half marathon might raise money for the cause if they are not already committed to another charity. If you would like to help, contact Kath Aldom of Paul’s Place on 01454 777236 by email: A6 Leaflet-Mar13:Layout 1 12/4/13or17:01 Page 1 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published on Apr 3, 2014