Sheffield woman’s challenge for dad paralysed in tragic fall

Jacquelyn Goddard, Nick Mahon, Alma Goddard, Paul Mahon, Walt Goddard, Monica Mahon, James Goddard
Jacquelyn Goddard, Nick Mahon, Alma Goddard, Paul Mahon, Walt Goddard, Monica Mahon, James Goddard
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A determined daughter from Sheffield is on a fundraising mission to buy special equipment for her dad, who was paralysed from the neck down when he fell down some stairs.

Jacquelyn Goddard will run 100 miles over a nine-week period to raise money to enable her father, Paul Mahon, to come home from hospital.

Jacquelyn, aged 34, of Ecclesall, said: “In May last year, dad was at a friend’s house. He had not long prior had some work done on his hip so he was on crutches.

“He was coming down the stairs and fell, resulting in a spinal injury.”

The injury has left Paul, aged 71, unable to move any part of his body from the neck down and he has to breathe through a ventilator.

Jacquelyn, a marketing manager, decided to set herself the running challenge to pay for a piece of technology called Eye Gaze, which is an eye-operated communication and control system.

She hopes that with the technology, Paul, a retired civil servant, will have a better chance of getting back home to his wife, Monica, in Nether Edge, from the spinal injuries unit at the Northern General Hospital.

“My dad has been completely amazing given his injuries and prognosis and has kept his spirits high despite some huge challenges and a long stay in hospital,” said Jacquelyn.

“We’re really keen to get him home now.”

The funds mum-of-two Jacquelyn raises will be split between her dad and the Back Up charity, which supports people affected by spinal injury.

Jacquelyn’s fundraising mission will begin at the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield on April 12. She will complete a total of eight half marathon distances over nine weeks, with the final event being the half marathon in Paul’s home city of Liverpool.

She has organised her own running challenges in between the two events, with outings including a real ale run of Sheffield, a bridges of London run, 11 laps of Millhouses Park and even a run in Hong Kong, where her brother lives.

Find out more about Jacquelyn’s challenge at the ‘Jacq’s 100 mile challenge’ group on Facebook.

n Jacquelyn has already raised over £3,000 towards her £12,000 goal. Add to her total at www.gogetfunding.com/project/help-for-paul-and-others-with-spinal-cord-injury