2017 miles in 2017
On 7 October 2015, 11-year-old Felix Barrow was involved in a road traffic accident outside his family home in Swanmore. Felix was treated at the scene by our Critical Care Team and then flown to University Hospital Southampton, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma. Among his many injuries, Felix had suffered a traumatic brain injury which his parents were told would be potentially life-limiting. Despite the severity of his injuries, Felix has constantly exceeded, and continues to exceed, all expectations.
Jon Flynn is the Deputy Head at Swanmore School, where Felix went to school. In January 2017, Jon took on the challenge of running 2,017 miles in 2017 to raise money for HIOWAA, Fit for Felix and University Hospital Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where Felix was treated. Jon ran every day of 2017, completing an average of 5.5 miles a day and raised over £5,000 for the three charities.
HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane commented ‘Jon ran every day of the year, in all weathers, undertaking a challenge that most of us would not begin to contemplate. We owe him huge thanks for his commitment to raising money for HIOWAA and for highlighting the skills of our Critical Care Teams and the pre-hospital care that they bring to those in need of urgent medical treatment, whenever and wherever.’