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Walton: Amputee Helen close to running blade dream
6:00pm Friday 24th January 2014 in News
AN amputee from Walton completed a ten-mile charity run on crutches to help raise cash for a new running blade.
Helen Chapman, 46, of Saville Street in Walton, lost the lower part of her right leg in 1998 following a car crash.
She has not let that slow her down and has competed in a series of major events, including the London Marathon and Amputee Games.
But Helen has always been held back by her prosthetic limb, which is not designed for high-impact sports.
She has been fundraising for more than a year for a special £5,500 running blade to help her compete in future events.
Helen has now almost reached her goal after completing a ten-mile run in Buckinghamshire.
It was set up by the Arctic One Foundation to raise money for Helen and four other amputees, with all proceeds being divided between them to boost their funds for new prosthetics.
Helen completed the gruelling course on crutches and was given £700 from the race proceeds.
She said: “I’m so close now so the process of creating the blade has started.
“Getting the blade will be amazing. It will be a dream come true.”
People can help Helen reach her goal by donating at justgiving.com/help-helen-have-a-blade.