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Ruislip man teams up with Arsenal FC legend to support brain surgery charity 

 Published on: 5th July 2019   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man from Ruislip was joined by former England and Arsenal captain, Tony Adams MBE, on a 64 mile walk over 48 hours last month. 

Dr Lewis Owens joined the National Brain Appeal (NBA) supporter’s ‘Longest Day Challenge’ which saw him walk from Cambridge to London whilst raising £2,721 in the process. 

The walk, which raised money for NBA saw Lewis walk to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery but included a quick stop at Arsenal’s ground, The Emirates to meet Tony Adams MBE who joined him for the final leg of his journey.

Reflecting on his completion of the challenge, Lewis said: “What I have done in 48 hours is nothing compared to the incredible care given to patients in The National Hospital day in day out. 

“The experience has reaffirmed to me just how important the work of The National Brain Appeal is, supporting the amazing clinicians treating people with a whole range of neurological conditions, including brain tumours, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 

“I’m very proud to be able to help raise money for this wonderful charity.”

Lewis chose to support the charity after his friend, pianist Colin Stone, had successful brain surgery at the hospital in 2018.

Tony Adams MBE, said it was a pleasure to join Lewis for the last part of the challenge.

He said: “I’m delighted to support NBA and very proud of Lewis’s achievement. Walking 64 miles in two days is no mean feat. It was a pleasure to join him for the last leg of his 48-hour challenge.”

Arriving at the hospital at 6pm on Saturday, Lewis and Tony were met by The National Brain Appeal’s Chief Executive Theresa Dauncey, charity trustee Caroline Church and two senior nurses. 

Theresa said: “We are so impressed and very grateful to Lewis for taking on such a huge challenge to raise money for The National Brain Appeal. When he arrived at the hospital he had a big smile on his face and didn’t look like someone who had walked all the way from Cambridge.”

To support Lewis’s fundraising for The National Brain Appeal go to justgiving.com/fundraising/lewis-owens10 

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