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17 November 2023 | Charities, Community, & CSR | Firm News | Article by Tamlyn Palmer

Running for those who dream to walk


Tamlyn Palmer, Senior Associate in the Serious Injuries Team, took part in a 5km run with a difference this week, she joined 25,000 other participants across 50 cities to take part in the Run in the Dark event.

Tamlyn Palmer, Serious Injury senior associate, outside the Welsh Government building in Cardiff Bay participating in Run in the Dark to support those who suffer from paralysis

Run in the Dark aims to connect runners, both physically and virtually, in a global movement to light up the night to help cure paralysis in our lifetime.  Runners wear flashing arm bands to light up their surroundings, Tamlyn was fortunate to be running alongside the beautiful landmarks of Cardiff Bay.

the Run in the Dark flashing arm band

The event was founded by Mark Pollock.  In 1998, Mark, a 22-year-old business and economics student and an international rower, lost his sight.

Undeterred by blindness, Mark went on to win silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Mark took part in numerous endurance races, including running six marathons in seven days in the Gobi desert, and became the first blind person to race to the South Pole in 2009.

In 2010, Mark suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury, leaving him paralysed. This was the catalyst for Mark to embark on a new mission – to bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime. Mark founded ‘Run in the Dark’ in 2011 to bring scientists and technologists together to propel ground-breaking neuro-modulation studies and pioneer the future of exoskeleton rehabilitation.

Cardiff Bay at night as seen by Serious Injury senior associate Tamlyn Palmer while participating in Run in the Dark

The Serious Injuries Team, who specialise in catastrophic personal injury claims with particular expertise in spinal cord and brain injuries, are passionate about ensuring that their clients access specialist rehabilitation as early as possible in order to achieve the best recovery.

Hugh James held its fifth annual Trauma Conference at its headquarters in Cardiff earlier this week which focused on navigating an unexpected trauma and how to help others following major trauma. Over 120 people attended to hear more about adapting to life after serious injury and what support is available to those who may need it.

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Author bio

Tamlyn Palmer is a Senior Associate in the Serious Injury Team. Tamlyn is passionate about obtaining the best possible outcome for her clients and ensuring that they have access to specialist early rehabilitation as soon as possible.

Tamlyn has over 14 years’ experience in personal injury litigation representing a wide range of clients and seeing claims through to settlement by negotiation or trial. Tamlyn’s main practice area is serious and complex injuries including brain damage, spinal injuries and chronic pain conditions.

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