JOIN RIVERSIDE STOMP AND BOOST FUNDS FOR HELEN & DOUGLAS HOUSE
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, email@example.com or visit www.hdh.org.uk for more information.