Running to shed light on brother’s cerebella ataxia
Condition affecting balance can be mistaken for drunkenness
A WOMAN whose brother has a form of cerebral palsy is to take on a run to raise awareness of his condition.
Jackie Allemandy, 26, of Lower Road, Chalfont St Peter, will run 5km from her village to Chalfont St Giles and back, inspired by her brother, 22-year-old David Allen.
Mr Allen, of Wheelers Orchard, Chalfont St Peter, who works as a nursery assistant in Chesham Bois, suffers from cerebella ataxia, which affects balance, coordination and speech.
Despite doctors telling their parents Mr Allen would never be able to walk and would have learning disabilities, he ran in school sports days and stopped using crutches when he was 11.
Mrs Allemandy believes it is important that awareness of the condition increases because of the problems her brother has faced.
He was recently forced to leave a pub by bouncers, despite the fact that he had been drinking alcohol-free beer all night, because his unsteady movements led them believe he was drunk.
Mrs Allemandy said: “It made me think that more needs to be done to make people aware of his
to condition. David should not have to be discriminated against and if more people knew about cerebella ataxia, he would not face these problems.
“Sometimes when I am walking along the street with him, people are whispering and wondering what the matter is, and it isn’t fair.”
She added: “I do understand the difficulties for people who aren’t familiar with his condition, but I want to make people more aware.”
Mr Allen has worked as a nursery assistant at Teddies Nursery and PreSchool in Chesham Bois for the past three years and Mrs Allemandy says he loves his job.
She hopes to raise at least £300 for Ataxia UK, as well as awareness of the condition.
Go to http://uk.virgin moneygiving.com/David. Allen to sponsor her.
SUPPORT: Jackie Allemandy and her brother David Allen – Team Red