Each year, we try and do our bit for Charity wherever possible, whether it be with our MacMillan coffee mornings, #XmasJumperDay or other activities throughout the year.
Either way, we love to be involved in a good cause, often being a cause extremely close to our hearts.
On April 9-10th, I am taking part in a sponsored charity walk from Wolverhampton to Peterborough, arranged by my friend Sonya who is from Wolverhampton.
The walk will take place over two days, with an overnight stay in Leicester.
There is another group that are setting off twelve hours after the first group and attempting the walk in one go, walking/running through the night! I shall not be in that group!
It is a big enough personal challenge for me as it is, as I have never been one for long distance. Love my dance and fitness, but always used to try and duck out of cross country at school, so this will indeed be a challenge for me!
We finish the walk in Peterborough where my friends Corinne and Michael live with their sons, one of whom is Hayden, the boy we are raising funds for, along with Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Hayden is three and a half years old. He is non-verbal autistic and has a GDD of 11 months. He suffers with OPD and hypermobility and has severe learning needs and no danger awareness. He is currently having tests to find a reason for his recurrent seizures. He will also need corrective surgery on his feet to ensure he does not end up in a wheelchair. Hayden is a happy lively little boy who loves to play and run around. With these vital funds raised, we hope to be able to build Hayden a sensory room, giving him a safe environment to play, learn and sleep.
With the funds raised, Hayden would benefit greatly and so would other children affected with similar conditions.
Acorns Children’s Hospice have multiple branches and perform a great service and help to parents.
To find out more visit Facebook and search ‘Hayden’s Sanctuary Walk’ and ‘Hayden’s Sanctuary Project” https://www.facebook.com/events/138479069853882/
50% of the donations will go to funding ‘Hayden’s Sanctuary Project’ to build him a sensory room; a safe place to learn, play and sleep, containing special lighting, music, and sensory objects. It can be used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills and low danger awareness.
The remaining 50% will go to the registered charity Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provide care and support to life limited or life threatened children & their families across the heart of England.
To find out more about the charity visit https://www.acorns.org.uk/our-care/where-to-find-us/acorns-in-birmingham/
Sonya has set up a Just Giving page where people can kindly donate should they wish to do so. This can be found at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/sonya-williams13
I also have a personal sponsor form for all my friends and family to sponsor me on. Some think I won’t complete this, as it is some 88 miles, but I have bags of determination if nothing else and as you have read, it’s for an absolutely fantastic and worthy cause!
If anyone is in the area on the above dates and sees us walking/running by, do cheer us on, stop and say hi or give us a wave! =D
I shall be keeping you updated on my training and progress in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, wish me luck!!