Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

CHIL­DREN and young adults hospice, He­len & Dou­glas House, has launched a brand new fam­ily friendly chal­lenge.

The River­side Stomp will have par­tic­i­pants walk­ing the Thames Path on Satur­day May 21 to sup­port fam­i­lies like Toby’s.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Toby has a com­plex neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion called Dravet Syn­drome, which means he ex­pe­ri­ences very reg­u­lar and se­vere seizures – the fam­ily have been visiting He­len House since he was 11 months old.

Toby’s dad Tim, said: “Toby loves all the at­ten­tion and the toys, from the sen­sory room to the magic car­pet. For us it is a relief not to be a con­stant carer.

“He­len & Dou­glas House is a life­line. It is the best care we have ever had. It is how we sur­vive.”

Mum Kim, said: “What He­len House gives us is the abil­ity to just be our­selves for a lit­tle bit. When we come here it’s like a com­fort blan­ket. As soon as we walk in we feel safe.

“It’s not just hav­ing some time off, which is in­cred­i­bly valu­able, it’s hav­ing the ex­per­tise.”

The walk­ing chal­lenge is a nine or 22 mile walk from Walling­ford or Abing­don, Ox­ford­shire, along the Thames Path to Ox­ford.

The hospice has shops in Amer­sham, Chesham, Bea­cons­field, Ger­rards Cross and High Wy­combe.

Lau­ren Ryan, com­mu­nity and events fundrais­ing man­ager, said: “This event is an ex­cit­ing first for He­len & Dou­glas House.

“It gives peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to take in the most pic­turesque parts of Ox­ford­shire, con­quer a bril­liant chal­lenge and give fam­i­lies like Toby’s the care they need.”

There will be check­points and re­fresh­ments pro­vided along the route which is suit­able for any­one of any age.

The sign-up fee is £20 per per­son and peo­ple are asked to get a min­i­mum spon­sor­ship of £70.

Con­tact 01865 799 150, events@he­le­nand­dou­ or visit for more in­for­ma­tion.

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