‘Great’ Swimmers and Runner support Joint Action
Joint Action recently had supporters who took part in the British Gas and BUPA “Great” events and who have all been affected by Trauma & Orthopaedic conditions in some way.
Three swimmers took on a 1 mile swimming challenge – The Great London Swim – at Royal Victoria Dock to raise money for Joint Action. Jaco van Zyl has been an amputee for the last 11 years and was keen to fundraise after hearing about the event through a work colleague.
“My reason for choosing Joint Action was that it’s a charity to which I can relate. I can empathise with other that have trouble with mobility and know what a tremendous positive impact it can make in someone’s life when you have the right treatment, equipment and support; so that you can function as normally as possible and do almost everything and anything you want to do in your life, without limitation.”
Jaco van Zyl
Frances Sudera who works at St Anthony’s Hospital took on the challenge because her mum, a retired GP, has had both hips and knees and a wrist replaced since her retirement.
Joanna Skeels, at 24 years old, had to have a right hip replacement: “Two years ago I would have laughed (or more likely winced, moaned and hissed) at the prospect of swimming a mile! At that point putting my socks on was a challenge! Since my operation, my hip no longer demands my constant irritable attention, nor dictates what I can and (what was more often the case) cannot do.
By the time I was in my final year at university, my right hip joint had become arthritic due to hip dysplasia, a condition I was already aware I had. No one can say for sure whether it was congenital or a result of radiotherapy from over twenty years ago. I had a surgery in November 2010 which didn't prove successful in helping the joint and so I went on to have a full hip replacement in March 2012. Within two days, my hip felt better than it had in two years and anyone who knew me pre-op knows what a transformation it was.”
Joanna Skeels (left) post race
35 year old Eithne Venney took on the Great South Run at the end of October: “Two years ago I underwent surgery to have a total hip replacement. Thankfully it was a complete success and my recovery was pretty smooth. To celebrate the fact that I now have legs of equal length and hips that would make Shakira blush, I took part in the run to raise money for Joint Action. I wasn’t looking to break any records; just to get around the course was an achievement.”
Eithne Venney (right) with her sister who also ran