Paula remembered by father’s birthday challenge

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A Sabden father ran his first ever 10 km race at the age of 70 to help the unit where his late daughter was treated.

Along with his daughter Sheralyn, Adrian Melton set himself the challenge, in honour of his 70th birthday, to raise money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

In the spring of 2010, Adrian’s daughter Paula Bury (38), of Simonstone, attended a routine doctor’s appointment following some mild ear discomfort. She was referred to a head specialist who arranged a scan, which unfortunately brought devastating results.

Sheralyn explained: “In simple terms, Paula had a huge mass inside her brain and was told that she would be operated on at the Neuro-disability unit in London by one of the country’s leading specialists. The date was set for what we thought would be life saving treatment. The operation took place and the doctors gave us the amazing news that Paula had come through the procedure well and was expected to make a full recovery. We were all so elated and happy.”

Unfortunately, in the early hours of the following morning, Paula began to deteriorate rapidly, suffering a series of strokes which caused irreparable damage to her brain and eventually leaving her “Locked-in”. She died on Father’s Day, Sunday June 20th, 2010.

Sheralyn continued: “Paula was a wonderful person and her life was tragically cut short. We want to raise awareness of “Locked-in syndrome” as many people don’t understand it and we want to raise as much money as possible to help those who find themselves in a similar situation to Paula.”

Sheralyn and Adrian ran in the Blackpool 10 km last weekend and Sheralyn will also take on “Tough Mudder” on August 2nd for the charity. To donate, visit: team-vicious-delicious/