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Gloucestershire author honours sister's memory with endurance challenge

Wed 31 Aug 2016

A Gloucestershire woman whose sister tragically died of a brain injury has raised more than £2,000 for charity by completing the iconic 100km South Coast Challenge.

Unlike many of us who lounged around in the garden with a cup of tea, Jackie Kabler chose to spend this August bank holiday weekend battling non-stop through two-and-a-half marathons to raise funds for Headway – the brain injury association.

Local author and QVC presenter Jackie decided to fundraise for the charity, which supports families affected by brain injury, in memory of her sister Deborah after she sadly passed away following a brain haemorrhage in 2010.

The endurance challenge saw Jackie, who recently published her first novel The Dead Dog Day, travel through the night as she trekked across the hilly south coast of England for the cause.

"The saga was a run-jog-walk event, but maybe they should add 'crawl' into the title, too!" said Jackie upon completing the challenge.

"It took 24 hours, 25 minutes and nine seconds of pain with no sleep and only short meal breaks, starting on the Saturday and finishing on Sunday. I'd only ever done one marathon distance before this challenge and it has been the hardest thing I've ever done, but worth every second for an amazing cause.

"My beautiful sister died of a brain haemorrhage and Headway does incredible work to help survivors of such injuries and their families. Any support that people can give, however small, is enormously appreciated and will go towards helping others affected by the complex and devastating effects brain injury can cause."

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Interested in taking on your own challenge? Visit the treks and walks page to find out more. 



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Headway - the brain injury association is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity no. 1025852) and the Office of the Scottish Regulator (Charity no. SC 039992). Headway is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no. 2346893.

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