Jason set to take part in charity cycle to give back to services which saved his sister's life

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:57 29 September 2017

Jason and Maria.

Jason and Maria.

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The brother of a Weston woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from her horse and cart is taking on a 60-mile cycling challenge to mark a year since the accident.

Back in October last year, Maria Carpenter was airlifted to hospital after the accident in Bleadon Hill near Ferncourt Farm.

Maria spent some time in an induced coma after it was revealed her brain injuries were serious and she was in a critical condition.

She then underwent a four-hour operation and her brother Jason Belcher was told it was 50/50 whether she would survive or not.

She spent 34 days in intensive care and then a further 73 days in Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, where she was looked after by the neurological team.

Maria was discharged on May 15 this year but is assisted by carers and is unable to go out on her own.

To mark a year since the accident, Jason will be cycling 60 miles, which will cover the journey from the accident scene in Bleadon, to Southmead, before finishing at Maria’s home in Weston.

Jason said he wanted to do something to give back to the charities and emergency services which not only saved her life but are helping her through her recovery.

At the time, Jason issued a statement to the Mercury thanking the emergency services for their hard work during what was a distressing time for him and his family.

He said: “I am hoping to raise both funds and awareness for both the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and Headway Bristol Brain Injury Association.

“I have two just giving pages for both these organisations.

“This is the first in what will be an annual challenge to thank those charities who helped save Maria and are assisting her recovery.

“Who knows perhaps next year Maria may be well enough to join me on the challenge.

Jason will take on his challenge on October 10 and is hoping to raise as much money as he can for the causes close to his and his sister’s heart.”

Jason’s target is to raise more than £200 on each of his charity pages.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mariasjourney orwww.justgiving.com/mariasjourney-headway

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