One of our Architectural Technologists here at Morrison Design, Anthony Page, will be running in the London Marathon, 2017, to raise vital funds for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. Anthony is a loyal employee and has worked for us for nearly 13 years. We have seen him run in several charity events in the past to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, including; the Wilne 10K, The Ramathon 2015 and The Brighton Marathon 2015.
The funds Anthony aims to raise in time for the London Marathon next year will go to help many children in the county like Finley Cooper (front left, below) who was provided with a special powered wheelchair by Newlife. Finley, from Elvaston, was in need of an electric wheelchair as this was his only way to be mobile.
Finley has spinal muscular atrophy type 2 which is a muscle wasting disorder. He was never able to stand, crawl or walk on his own – thanks to Newlife Finley is now able to get around by himself, move where he wants to and play in the garden with his little sister. He can now treasure doing things most people take for granted.
Anthony said: “I ran the marathon last year for prostate cancer so running is not new to me, however I decided to run for Newlife as I have recently become a dad myself. Not many realise the many challenges families face with disabled and terminally ill children, it’s such a worthy cause to run for and if I can help other children like Finley then running 42.3km is definitely worth it.”
Finley’s mum Charlotte Bestwick (top right, above) ran in this year’s London Marathon and raised an amazing £10,000 for children within the county.
Charlotte said: “Running the marathon was great I loved every minute of it – not that I will ever do it again. The main thing that kept me going was that people shouted out what I had written on my Newlife running vest, on the front I put my name ‘charlotte’ and on the back I put ‘Finley’s mum’ so every time someone shouted it out and cheered me on, it would keep me going. Knowing I was doing it for him and for all the people that had supported us by donating but most of all I was dedicated to help others that were in need like Finley.”
Newlife has already helped 359 families get specialist equipment totalling £320,771. In response to growing demand, the charity launched its Newlife Derbyshire fund – http://www.newlifecharity.co.uk/Derbyshire – to give local people the opportunity to donate to children aged under 19 who need specialist equipment within the county.
All the staff at Morrison Design Limited are very proud of Anthony, and are thrilled to be supporting the Newlife Foundation and taking part in the biggest single day fundraising event in the world.
Anthony hopes to raise a total of £2500 for Newlife foundation. Donations can be made on the just-giving page below.
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