Sharon Hood had put herself forward to Eden Care as a recipient for our support. The family needed a specialist wheelchair to help their young son Daniel, who has a range of conditions. In her own words, this is what it would mean to the family:
“Daniel is a lively active boy who gets tired due to his Autism, ADHD and other conditions. The wheelchair will give him somewhere safe and secure to rest when he needs to. Also in certain situations he needs to be in a wheelchair because he refuses to walk or isn’t coping with his surroundings. He is outgrowing his current wheelchair and it is rather old now too. Without your support he wouldn’t be getting a new wheelchair at the moment. So we are very grateful Daniel was chosen to be helped.”
Back in March we told you how Halbro Quality Sportswear were helping us with sports clothing for the 20 Twenty challenge and also how they were donating kit to a youth football team very close to Gavin's heart.
The good news is that the under 13's recieved some of their kit at the weekend, while Gavin was typically out and about raising money for another charity called Care Bears, which is also supported by The Co-Op.
The pictures below show how great the new kit looks:
As you all know myself and Gav are pushing LEJOG..... Dawn and Niamh are cycling to support Age Uk Lancashire.
Well here is Collette's chosen charity which is amazing with the support they provide - Dresses for angels: Their story.
Life is Awesome
We are pleased to announce Lancit Haulage Ltd are supporting us with fuel costs for our support vehicle as we complete our journey.
Robert Gribbin, who was part of the Kiliwheels Challenge 2016 group of trekkers who climbed Kilimanajaro, has offered his support with the fuel costs needed to ensure the support vehicle which will carry supplies and store our equipment during the night can also continue.
After an emotional day on Saturday 6th May with climbing Mount Snowdon with Fizz and Chris, Mike Sheen had an amazing surprise for Gav and myself.
The 2 wheelchairs we had been waiting for WERE HERE! As we were just actually taking in the fact that a team, which consisted of NFOW and family and friends of Fizz and Chris, had not only supported 3 wheelchairs up Snowdon, but also Chris's team, which was led by Gav, had also broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest ascent.
Mike opened the RGK van and began to take out wheels and frames and assemble them. Like kids in a sweet shop with a license to help yourself, Gav was giddy as hell!
Last year for Shaun' Kiliwheels Challenge, Greenhalghs provided amazing support from 2 of their shops in Accrington and Lancaster to help raise funds for the charities last year.
A long established family business which has grown successfully over fifty years, Greenhalgh’s is a craft bakery. Our produce is more than made, it is crafted. The whole enterprise is testimony to the master craftsman who was self-taught. He applied his considerable energy and business talent to become the inspiration and driving force that created Greenhalgh’s into the family firm which it is today.
As part of the 20/20 challenge one of the areas Gav and myself needed to cover was communication. Not just communication between myself and Gav, more importantly with Mark Noble and the other support vehicle we have escorting us.
It is amazing that a local company from Morecambe, InTouch Ltd, have agreed to supply us with 4 radios which will enable us to maintain contact at all times…………although having both Mark and Gav breathing down my ear for 20 days is somewhat daunting LOL.
August this year will be an amazing challenge and achievement for all of us.
I work for Age UK Lancashire and provide home help support to service users across Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham. I love it……… not just making a difference helping with house work needed, but more importantly being a listening ear and having lovely chats which make a difference to their day.
Michael Sheen, Business Director, and Steve Dobbs , Engineer, invited Gav and Shaun to the RGK factory in Burntwood last week to test the prototype 20/20 wheelchair they have designed.
For the past few years RGK and the team have supported Shaun with designing and sponsoring his OCR and Kiliwheels wheelchairs with the added provision of the AMAZING Frontwheel. This has allowed Shaun to actually go through terrain which you wouldn’t expect a wheelchair to roll through.
Mike Hughes (from SafetyLiftinGear.com) has been supporting Shaun for a number of years since he started Obstacle Course Racing. With each race Shaun and his team 'No Fear on Wheels' identified techniques and equipment which would make completing each course safer and more achieveable.