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Jim

Jim with Pudsey

I am really looking forward to taking on the Rickshaw Challenge. Doing something like this is something that I never thought would have been possible just a few years ago when I was really unwell. Attending camp with Over the Wall has really helped to build my confidence and I can’t wait to prove to myself I can do this challenge and share my story with others.

Jim is 16 and from Derbyshire.

When Jim was five years old he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease which doctors could not find effective treatment for. The disease had a huge impact on Jim’s childhood and caused him great pain as he suffered with ulcers and sores across his body. Jim contracted sepsis which was a great worry for his family, but thankfully he pulled through. In 2018, doctors decided that Jim should be given a bone marrow transplant which was successful in eradicating the ulcers and sores. However, the illness had lasted ten years and had had a huge impact on his life; Jim had never attended a full year at school and he felt isolated and under confident. During one of his hospital visits, Jim was introduced to Over the Wall, a charity that provides residential camps for children who have serious illnesses to give them new opportunities and build their confidence and self-esteem.

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