LCPS signed up in support of World Cerebral Palsy Day for the first time this year, joining 74 countries around the world taking action and raising awareness of Cerebral Palsy.
Dawn Ośko, Fundraising Manager for LCPS said, “Our supporters from across Lincolnshire were amazing and we owe them our gratitude and thanks. They made our Sunday Stroll event on 6 October a family affair and huge success, kicking off what we thought would be a week of events and turning it in to a month of events. We can’t thank them enough”.
The charity’s special Sunday Stroll was held in Boultham Park, Lincoln, where supporters strolled, wheeled, pushed and wobbled around the circular pathway for 30 minutes, showing their support for World CP day. Reviving tea and cakes followed with the chance for families to get to know each other.
In the evening Anglian Water Services lit up Lincoln Water Tower an awesome green to show their support for the charity and the CP community and it didn’t stop there. St Wulfram’s in Grantham lit up and their congregation pledged support, Lincoln Drill Hall shared leaflets and literature, Tina Hillier and daughter Eve from Spalding celebrated and raised awareness with family, passengers and crew onboard Explorer of the Seas; Naomi's Garden Conductive Education celebrated with clients and friends and long term supporters Bridge McFarland sponsored the charity’s new t-shirts.
The week continued with St Botolph’s the iconic Boston Stump lighting up in support and Rhys Page from Grantham wearing green for a special office collection in aid of LCPS. South Kesteven District Council published an article about CP in their newsletter and the charity hosted another green coffee get together for supporters.
Rounding off the celebrations was left to Andy Hauton who ran the Yorkshire Marathon on 20 October in an amazing 3hrs 29mins to raise funds and show support for son Mikey and LCPS. Andy said, "I love to run. I take it for granted. My son, however, has to put real effort into living, in part because of his cerebral palsy. I’ve seen him try to run his marathon. If there’s a doughnut in the kitchen he will run! But I’ve also seen him on a resuscitation trolley - running a marathon just to live. This is why I decided to support Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society. If I can do something to make the marathon of life that bit easier for my Mikey and others like him then I am humbled".
LCPS plan to make World Cerebral Palsy Day an annual event in their calendar and are already looking forward to next year when the charity hopes even more families will join in the celebrations.
If you’d like to sponsor Andy and show your support there’s still time, please visit https://wonderful.org/fundraiser/runningcpdad-71f3da85