Keeping up the fight for Archie
Mum raising funds and awareness for muscular dystrophy
A FAMILY continue to do everything they can to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy for their young son who suffers from the severe muscle wasting disease.
Louisa and Gary Hill have been active this autumn taking part in, and arranging, a number of events on behalf of their youngest son Archie who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2008 at the age of three.
On Friday September 5 the family held their annual golf day at Moor Park Golf Club, Hertfordshire, which raised ‘about £19,000’ and was described as ‘fantastic’ by Mrs Hill.
And this weekend Mrs Hill took part in the 100k Thames Path Challenge, an event in which she pushed herself so hard she passed out when she got home and her husband had to call the paramedics out.
Speaking about the golf day Mrs Hill said: “It was the best we had. There was a fantastic turn out.
“I did a speech this year which was very emotional. I made lots of grown men cry. It was nice to be able to say my story. I said it from the heart.”
She added: “The most emotional bit of the day was when they gave the microphone to Archie. He said, ‘I just want to thank all of you for coming and supporting me’, and he got a standing ovation and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house at that time.”
The Thames Path Challenge that she took part in on Saturday with friends Michelle Bond, Trisha Duffy and Becky Saunders was described as ‘one of the hardest things I’ve ever done’.
Starting from Putney bridge, the route took Mrs Hill along the river Thames to Henley in Oxfordshire.
As soon as she finished the walk on Sunday morning, she rushed off to see her eldest son Leyton play football in his first match of the season.
But when she got home, her husband Gary Hill said she passed out, ‘smashed her head against the radiator’ and he had to call the paramedics out
Mrs Hill said: “This is what I do. I push myself to the limits for the boys.”
She added: “Half way through my legs were so achy and tired and I thought to myself this is how those boys must feel all the time.
“But there was no way I was going to give up.”
Mrs Hill said: “I do it for all the boys.”
And added: “I want to make a difference.”
PUSHED TO THE LIMIT: Louisa Hill and her family have been taking part in and arranging a number of events this autumn for charity action4archie, to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle wasting disease her son Archie, pictured above and below, suffers from