Claire Cowlishaw, General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express Birmingham – Castle Bromwich, has signed up for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the charity Headway Coventry and Warwickshire after she suffered a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage in February 2015.
In February 2015, Claire, who resides in Coventry, suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage – a rare, and often fatal type of stoke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain after two aneurysms had ruptured. The charity Headway UK helped Claire with her post-operative cognitive development, and helped her to regain her confidence after suffering memory loss.
With the help of the charity, Claire was able to return to her much loved full time role as General Manager at the local hotel after just 8 months. She helped to set up a support group within her local area alongside her daughter. Claire also hosted a ‘superhero’ charity ball which raised over £3,000 for Headway Coventry and Warwickshire.
Claire said, “I spent six weeks in hospital, but when I came out, I had no idea what had happened to me, and what my future held. After researching my condition, I found the charity Headway UK. I went along to my local support group and felt truly inspired to help raise money for the charity, and people with brain injuries. I visit the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire once a month to offer support, and give out booklets to try and help patients and their families when they leave hospital. I’m really looking forward to the Three Peaks Challenge, and hope that this new adventure will inspire others and show that there is life after a brain injury”.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves a 23 mile walk to climb the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, with an elevation gain of over 1,000 metres. Claire is hoping that, with the support of her family, friends, and co-workers at the Holiday Inn Express Birmingham – Castle Bromwich, she will be able to raise a substantial amount of funds for her chosen charity.
For more information about how to donate to Claire Cowlishaw’s challenge, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/clairecowlishaw1