Teenager Gemma Follows in Captain Tom’s Footsteps


In 2017, Gemma Coates was involved in a life-changing road traffic collision.  To say thank you to staff for the treatment she received, she has been raising money to support University Hospitals Birmingham Charity during the COVID-19 crisis.

At age 14, the accident left Gemma with a brain injury, removing her ability to walk and talk.  However, the incredible care and support provided by staff at University Hospitals Birmingham has helped Gemma and her family to cope. 

Gemma is now 17 years old, and with the help of her family has completed an incredible fundraising challenge as a way to thank and support UHB staff.

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s 100-lap birthday fundraiser, Gemma took on her own garden lap challenge.  She set herself the target of completing a full ten laps everyday, and has now successfully completed the full 100 laps of her garden in her walker.  Despite having set her initial fundraising target at £1,000, Gemma has received overwhelming support, and has now raised an incredible £1,892. 

Justine Davy, Head of Fundraising at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, said “Congratulations, Gemma on completing such a massive challenge – you should be incredibly proud of yourself.  The money you have raised will make a huge difference in supporting our NHS Superheroes.”

You can still support Gemma in her fundraising by visiting her JustGiving page here.

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