Tim Greenwood, Helen Barrow and Lynne Charles.
Fundraiser Tim Greenwood with ICU nurses Helen Barrow and Lynne Charles from The Royal Oldham Hospital.

A DAD, who was left paralysed after a brain injury, had an emotional reunion with some of the nursing staff who helped ‘save his life’ as he completed a 300-mile charity run.

Tim Greenwood, of Chadderton, Oldham, has been running at least 10 miles every day throughout March as part of his #300in30 fundraiser for NorthCare Charity.

Today (Tuesday 30 March), Tim completed the challenge at Boundary Park - home of his beloved Oldham Athletic AFC, having raised more than £7,300, which will go towards supporting The Royal Oldham Hospital and Salford Royal where Tim was treated.

Among those cheering him over the finish line were his close family and Lynne Charles and Helen Barrow from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at The Royal Oldham Hospital. Lead nurse Helen was in charge of the nursing team who helped save Tim’s life in September 2019 when he was admitted after suffering severe headaches.

Tim was placed in an induced coma for four weeks and was left temporarily paralysed after a blood clot had formed in his brain. The uncommon condition, called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), was the consequence of an unknown ear infection. Tim was later transferred to Salford Royal where he was cared for by a specialist neurology team who helped him learn to walk again.

Tim, a detective sergeant with Greater Manchester Police, still has the blood clot on his brain, preventing him from playing contact sport and driving, and is often left in pain and needing more time to rest after mild exercise.

But that didn’t stop him taking on the challenge of running 10 miles a day for 30 consecutive days throughout March to say thank you to the NHS staff who cared for him. He has combined many of his runs with his daily commute home from his office at Rochdale Police Station.

Tim, who celebrated his 42nd birthday today (30 March), has raised £7,300 via his JustGiving page  for NorthCare Charity. The NHS charity helps provide innovative equipment, education, research and wellbeing support across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford. 

Tim has been regularly supported by his wife Samantha, who runs Samantha Jane School of Dance in Chadderton, and their two children Isabelle, 13, and Noah, 5 – all of whom were able to see him finish his challenge at Boundary Park. Tim, a lifelong fan of Oldham Athletic AFC, was invited to finish his last run at the ground by Oldham Athletic Community Trust. The club was inspired to help after hearing his story.

Helen Barrow, ICU Lead Nurse at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “I remember Tim very well and he was incredibly sick. To see him 18 months later completing a 300-mile run is remarkable. All the staff who cared for him are over the moon that he has made such a fantastic recovery and it’s heart-warming to see him with his family today. We’re humbled that he has decided to do this challenge to say thank you and raise money for our unit. We’re just pleased to have played our part in getting him better and proud to have worked with our colleagues at Salford Royal to give him the best possible care and rehabilitation he needed.”

Tim Greenwood, of Chadderton, Oldham, said: “I wanted to show my appreciation to the staff that saved my life and for everything they have done throughout the pandemic. At the end of the day, if it wasn’t for them my kids wouldn’t have a dad.

Dave Nichols, of NorthCare Charity, said: “A massive thank you to Tim and everyone who has sponsored him during this incredible challenge. The money will make a massive difference to the lives of future patients at our hospitals, as well as the staff who care for them. We will work with Tim and the care teams in Oldham and Salford to make sure this donation reaches those services most in need.”