Amanda, Phil, Lizzie and Caroline will be attempting the infamous Man vs Mountain challenge on the 5th September which involves running to Snowdon, running up and down it, abseiling and swimming across a lake, a total distance of 20 miles.
Out of all the mad races we have done in the last couple of years this will be our biggest challenge so to make it really worthwhile and to spur us on when it starts to get tough we would like to try and raise some money for Charlie Walker, a local boy.
Charlie suffered a devastating brain tumour when he was just four and whilst he has done amazingly well he still needs a lot of physiotherapy and support. Whilst the NHS dealt with his initial treatments brilliantly, there is very little additional support for Charlie ongoing so his mum and dad have to try and fund the extra support he needs. Any money we can raise will go directly to him to help him achieve his goal of walking independently again.
You can read more about Charlie below.
Lorna Walker, Charlie's mum writes:
"On the 10th January 2011 we were given the devastating news that our son Charlie had a brain tumour called Metastatic Medulloblastoma. Charlie was four at the time. He underwent surgery a couple of weeks later to remove the tumour. Unfortunately this resulted in him becoming paralysed on the right hand side and weakness on the left hand side. For five months Charlie could not talk, walk, eat and had to go back in nappies. We fed him through a tube in his stomach. We were then given even more devastating news that Charlie also had Stage 4 Cancer (the most aggressive Cancer you can get) and that it had spread to his spine. Charlie underwent intense chemotherapy and physiotherapy. He then underwent twice daily radiotherapy under general anaesthetic between June and July in UCL hospital in London. The radiotherapy Charlie received will give him brain damage but at present we do not know to what extent. Charlie’s right hand side of his face is paralysed and his right eye is affected. This is permanent. At present Charlie has gained movement again in this arms and legs but is having regular physiotherapy privately as he still cannot walk unaided.
Charlie is now eight years old and we were told he would not make his 5th birthday let alone his 8th birthday which was last October but here we are and he is still fighting. Although Charlie is in remission at present, his cancer is aggressive and it could come back anytime.We take each day as it comes and our lovely son is a true fighter.
Charlie attends school full time and loves playing football, golf and going on his trampoline. He also loves Star Wars and Mickey Mouse. Charlie’s goal is to walk again and to be able to ride his scooter to school every day."