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Jamie 2Many College members know Jamie Brooks, who works as one of Green Templeton's porters. What you may not know is that Jamie once played striker for Oxford United and several other teams; early in his career, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune condition affecting the peripheral nervous system, usually leading to temporary or long-term paralysis. Around 80% of those with GBS will make a good recovery, but between 5-10% of people will not survive and the other 10-15% may be left with severe mobility or dexterity issues. Jaime was in intensive care for 80 days, but eventually was able to continue playing football.

Now, he’s literally fighting to raise awareness and funds in the battle against GBS. In September of this year he will be returning to Kassam Stadium for a charity boxing match. He’s been training for 3 days a week for months already and says, even though ‘there will be a lot of blood and sweat along the way, it will be worth it.’ While tickets will be available as the fight approaches, he hopes to raise as much money as possible before then, raising awareness on GBS in the process.

College members are encouraged to donate to Jamie’s JustGiving page, which is sponsored by Guillain-Barre & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN). You can learn more about GAIN at gaincharity.org.uk and you are also welcome to watch a short film on his journey here. The College will share additional updates on how to get involved in its weekly newsletter ‘What’s On’.

Jamie is grateful to Kieran, Mark, Spex, and the entire Stamina Boxing Club, as well as Tasha for her support and patience. ‘No matter how small the contribution,’ he says, ‘it all helps. If people could share this and help me raise as much as possible that would be greatly appreciated. I thank you all so much in advance.’

The College wishes you the best of luck in your fight, Jamie. Each and every one of us is in your corner.