Donate for Tom Nabarro and the Back-Up trust.

From:
Siobhan Crowley [crowleys@who.int];
Robert Fryatt [fryattr@who.int];
Rob Holden [holdenr@who.int];
Tom Ernst [ternst@genesisfinancial.com];
Glenn O’Neil [oneil@benchpoint.com]

Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:39 AM
To: EVERYONE WHO READS TOM’S BLOG

Subject: Donate for Tom Nabarro and the Back-Up trust.

As you will know, David Nabarro’s son Tom had a snow-boarding accident earlier in the year and sustained a serious neck injury; leaving him paralysed from the neck down. He is currently in Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK . A friend and colleague of David and his family, Rob Holden, who works at WHO is taking part in the ‘Ultra-tour de Mont Blanc’ between 24-26 August to raise money for the Back-Up Trust and to support the building and equipping of “The Pavilion”, a customized work and social space for Tom Nabarro for the future (to be supported through the Pavilion Trust Fund).

More details about Tom, Rob and the race can be found on the following web-site: http://ultratourfortom.wordpress.com . This site also provides details of how you can donate funds: Donation Page. [Or you can donate using the Widget above – see 17 August posting : NB The email address of the Ultra Tour for Tom webmaster (glenn.oneil@gmail.com) appears on the donation form as he set up the account].

So please can we ask you to find a few moments to look at the web-site and donate some funds! We have less than a month to go before the race, so we all need to make the effort now. Also please pass details of the links onto friends and colleagues of David, or indeed anyone who you think might be interested in donating to this cause.

Warmest regards

Siobhan, Bob, Rob, Tom, Glenn

Susie writes: Congratulations to Rob Holden, Tom Ernst and their team in Switzerland who have got the Chip-in donation site up and running – the BackUp Trust helps spinal patients to do things they wouldn’t otherwise achieve, such as outings and sports, and the Pavilion Trust is intended to enable Tom N to take on further challenges, once he is through his next operation on Tuesday 7th August. We’ll be following Rob’s marathon on the web.. good luck ! Thanks to all donors – do encourage your friends to sponsor Rob in this huge effort. Rob’s UltraTour donation site has a deadline of 31st August, after which the proceeds will be split 50% between the BackUp Trust and the Pavilion Trust. Here in Oxford, we have drafted the Pavilion Trust deed with lawyers, and we are in touch with architect Peter Ruthven Hall and the West Oxfordshire planning committee about the building projects at The Limes.

9 thoughts on “Donate for Tom Nabarro and the Back-Up trust.”

  1. Go on, friends and supporters: donate so we all support the Back-up Trust and help to get the pavillion up in time for Tom !!!

    Please also send the donation link on to your family and friends!

    Thanks a lot,

    Tom Ernst

  2. Congratulations to Rob Holden, Tom Ernst and their team in Switzerland who have got the Chip-in donation site up and
    running – the BackUp Trust helps spinal patients to do things they wouldn’t otherwise achieve, such as outings and sports, and the Pavilion Trust is intended to enable Tom N to take on further challenges, once he is through his next operation on Tuesday 7th August. We’ll be following Rob’s marathon on the web.. good luck ! Thanks to all donors – do encourage your friends to sponsor Rob in this huge effort.
    Rob’s UltraTour donation site has a deadline of 31st August, after which the proceeds will be split 50% between the BackUp Trust and the Pavilion Trust.
    Here in Oxford, we have drafted the Pavilion Trust deed with lawyers, and we are in touch with architect Peter Ruthven Hall and the West Oxfordshire planning committee about the building projects at The Limes. There was flooding at the north end of Standlake 2 weeks ago, with homes being evacuated, and the garden at The Limes was distinctly squelchy; but the house was fine, and Michael and other residents rather enjoyed being world-famous. Tom had his first hydrotherapy session over in Stoke Mandeville, just as the UK storms and floods subsided…
    More news : Tom now has a manual wheelchair suitable for outings in the Chrysler, so he will be out and about as soon as possible.

  3. Dear Tom,

    All the best for your upcoming operation. I am very sorry you have to go through this again, but I am sure you will take it in a stride as you have taken all the other challenges you have been facing since your accident. Although head banging seems like a rough way to get that endorphin going, being a passionate dancer myself I can very well relate to the pleasures of letting yourself succomb to the music. So maybe you could suggest they play some of your favorites for you in the operation room (I get this idea from those TV shows, not sure it corresponds with reality)?

    Not sure if wishing you a happy birthday sounds right under the circumstances, but I definitely wish you all the best for the upcoming year, continued recovery and a successful rehab, lots of mental challenges to keep that exquisite brain of yours well-oiled, as well as lots of care, love, and understanding from those who surround you.

    Fondly,

    SY

  4. Happy Birthday Tom – and lots of good luck, strong vibes and love and thoughts for you tomorrow. Have just seen Gary’s photos of your party, and anything that gets rid of that uncomfortable looking neck brace must be a good thing! I am going to my parents house in Bath tonight to meet my new niece, Leah, who is 3 weeks old on Wednesday – can’t wait to meet her.
    Love Claudia x

  5. hi tom…Happy Birthday. have been thinking about you lots and have also been sending good vibes (not sure why i seem to have put almost the same as my mum..but hey i still mean it). good luck for tomorow i really hope all goes well.
    k xx

  6. OLIVER rang to wish you Happy Birthday from Dali in rural Yunnan province, south west China, tucked in between Myanmar and Tibet.
    He says it’s a great life there – dirt roads and buses that break down, but no-one seems to work very card, everyone seems to be hanging out happily playing cards.He went for 4 days to a Shao-Lin monastery up in the mountains and learnt more kung fu; also he went out with the fishing boats on a lake & saw the trained cormorants diving for fish (the birds get to keep every seventh fish, to keep them happy and motivated…).

    OK Oliver , so that is pretty exotic, no kidding…

    Now… did we tell you that Tom’s first birthday cake was Molly’s special courgette cake with almond cream and cream cheese icing ?
    The second one, on the birthday proper, was from Maison Blanc, deepest darkest chocolate mousse, chosen by the wicked Gil Farrell from Woodstock .

    So. Eat your heart out, and come home for your belated 21st birthday –all good wishes for safe journeying from Dali, and we look forward to celebrating with you when you get back late on 16th August.
    What kind of cake you want, man ?

  7. Hi Tom
    Happy Birthday yesterday and hope all gone well today and that you are soon back on form. Sorry haven’t posted for a while but have been testing the limits of the password system it seems! Anyway hoping to catch up face to face soon. great website – have been continuing to read even though not able to log on!
    Love
    Chrissie

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