The Incentive QAS team tackled this years Rough Runner 5K obstacle race on Clapham Common on the 17th September. The ten participants undertook a 5km run along with 10 ‘gameshow inspired’ obstacles, including hang tough and the travelator from TV’s Gladiators.
This was completed to raise funds for two young boys with cerebral palsy, Aiden Thomas and Thomas Reddington – their stories are detailed below.
Their JustGiving page is still open until 30th September, so if you think seeing Jamie Wright fall face first in to a pool of muddy water is funny, please visit the link and place a donation to this very worthy cause.
The volunteers (victims?) taking part are:
|Jamie Wright (aka Jumping Jay)||Gareth Thomas (aka Turbo Thomas)|
|Nick Shead (aka Speedy Sheady)||Laura Saunders (aka Leaping Laur)|
|Emily Cunnane (aka Pocket Rocket)||Charlotte Powell (aka Rainbow Dash)|
|Mark Yull (aka the Musc-Yull Man)||Daniel Restrepo (aka Daniel San)|
|Tim Linsell (aka Tiger Tim)||Ivan Cueva (aka Iron-Man Ivan)|
The reason we have all signed up to endure this gruelling test of strength and stamina wass to raise funds for two exceptionally brave and determined boys with Cerebral Palsy, Aiden Thomas and Thomas Reddington – their stories are highlighted below and on our JustGiving Page
We appreciate you must receive numerous requests for fundraising donations on a regular basis, so any support you can provide will be gratefully received on our just giving page here:
There are many that choose not to embark on events such as Rough Runner. Aiden and Thomas don’t have that choice, which is why we are running for them.
Please help us help them.
By Jamie Wright
Thomas is my best mate.
We go to the football together, he takes the micky out of me, he makes me laugh all the time and he is the life and soul of any social gathering.
Thomas is 7 and he has Spastic Quadriplegia, which is a form of Cerebral Palsy that affects both his upper and lower limbs.
Thomas can’t stand or walk, he has a manual wheelchair, which he is super fast in and is continually improving his mobility through it’s use. Daily use aids this improvement and he regularly attends Whizz Kids Wheel Chair lessons – where more often than not you can find him at the front of the class telling all the other kids what to do!
Thomas’ disability brings many challenges for him. The smallest of day to day tasks that most of us take for granted, such as brushing our teeth or having a shower are extremely difficult for Thomas – neither of which he can currently do independently.
I want Thomas to live as full and as independent a life as he possibly can and this means that he needs a home environment that is fully adapted to meet all of his complex needs as well as regular visits to Whizz Kids and physiotherapy sessions.
Thomas is a fantastic human being, my best mate, and he deserves to live as full a life as possible.
By Gareth Thomas
Aiden was born ten weeks prematurely along with his twin brother, Owen on 1 January 2010. Both boys spent 8 weeks in neonatal intensive and special care before being allowed home.
At around 8 months we started to notice that Aiden wasn’t hitting his milestones and was struggling to keep up with Owen.
At a routine yearly check-up we were told by his paediatrician that Aiden had Cerebral Palsy and that he would be a wheelchair user. Aiden was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia which means that his brain wasn’t sending signals to the muscles in his legs and right arm correctly and causing them to be stiff and stopped him using them properly.
Following an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) undertaken in St Louis Missouri in 2012 it was predicted that with intense physiotherapy, Aiden would become an independent walker in all environments.
My wife, Vicky and I were naturally over the moon and Aiden continues to progress well, however, he has to attend weekly 2-hour physio sessions every Saturday and also weeklong blocks of physio every school holidays, which are all funded personally.
We have now used all of the money we have previously raised and are having to start fundraising again to ensure that we can continue to give Aiden every opportunity to fulfill his potential, lead a full life and grow up being able to do the same things as his twin brother.