Disabled boys run should inspire marathon hopefuls
The mother of a 10-year-old boy, who is Deafblind, a wheelchair user and has highly complex gastro issues, says that film footage of her son’s performance at a recent running event should inspire London Marathon ballot hopefuls to run for Caudwell Children, the national charity that supported her family.
Caudwell Children provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families and in 2016 they invited JJ, to go on their annual ‘Destination Dreams’ holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
The trip was created in 2007 to give 25 children with life limiting conditions the holiday of a lifetime.
Unfortunately, JJ became unwell during the holiday and had to be flown home. Overwhelmed by the care and attention that the charity gave to her son his mum, Thandi, promised to fundraise for the charity on her return to the UK.
True to her word Thandi and JJ completed the Parallel London 1km fun run on September 3rd this year.
Thandi says that on the eve of the ballot results for the 2018 London Marathon, JJ’s 1K run should inspire those hoping to land a place in the world’s greatest marathon to run on behalf of Caudwell Children.
“I can’t thank Caudwell Children enough for what they did for JJ,” said Thandi. “He spent most of the time in hospital in Florida, before being flown home.
“The charity had a team of paediatric doctors and nurses on the trip and they talked to the medics in Florida to explain JJ’s condition. They also liaised with our medical team back in the UK to ensure that he got the correct treatment.
“Thankfully, JJ is doing really well now and his physiotherapist is amazed at his strength. Although he can only walk with a frame and sticks he was determined to complete the 1K run, he was so brave.
“I know that Caudwell Children want runners in the London Marathon to fundraise for them so I’m urging people to view the video footage of JJ finishing his run, It’s truly inspirational.
“The dedication and commitment of the Caudwell Children team in supporting children like JJ is equally inspiring so I would ask runners who are successful in the ballot to raise funds for the charity.”
Applications for this year’s event reached 253,930, in the UK alone, and Thandi says that with only 35,000 places up for grabs those who are unsuccessful in the ballot should apply for a Caudwell Children charity place as soon as possible, to ensure that they make it to the start line on Sunday 22nd April, 2018.
“The support of London Marathon runners would raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, allowing us to provide even more equipment, therapies and treatments to disabled children across the UK,” said Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children. “Each year millions of pounds are raised for charity at the London Marathon and I want to disturb the complacency around disability amongst next year’s participants.
“Many people think that disabled children get all the support that they need through statutory measures, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“When the starting pistol sets the runners on their way I want as many of them as possible to be fundraising, or running, for Caudwell Children, so that we can support even more of the 800,000 registered disabled children in the UK.”
To find out more about running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Caudwell Children contact The Challenge Events team on 01782 600112.
You can support JJ’s heroic efforts through his Just Giving page here.