Story

Firstly, a massive THANK YOU for taking the time to visit my Just Giving Page!!

Although I have only been a "runner" since 2010, it has always been a wish of mine to run the London Marathon. When my acceptance letter came through, I was met with very mixed emotions - happiness, excitement, elation, as well as nervousness & anticipation of the massive challenge ahead that I have just signed up to take part in.

I feel so proud & humble to have been given this opportunity, especially as now, I can achieve a lifelong dream & run in memory of my sister Chloe.

I was almost 3 years old when my sister was born. Chloe had Down Syndrome but sadly she died at just 15 days old. The day of the London Marathon 2013, will be her 25th birthday & although she cannot be there in person to cheer me on, I know that she will be with me in spirit whilst I am running, spurring me on & cheering louder than anyone.

My chosen Charity is therefore, the Down's Syndrome Association.

Below, are a few facts & information about the DSA & what they do.

Lastly, before you do read through this, I would like to ask you a MASSIVE favour....and that is to donate....pledge....sponsor...as little or as much as you can. This is a very worthy cause which has been close to my family's heart for many years now & every penny will be greatly appreciated by the Charity, and spent on providing invaluable help & support to people with Down's Syndrome, and their families, and give them the opportunity to live fulfilling, semi independent lives.

 

 

Did you know...?

  • Around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK will have Down's syndrome.
  • There are 60,000 people in the UK with the condition.
  • Although the chance of a baby having Down's syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Down's syndrome are born to younger women.
  • Down's syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby's cells. It occurs by chance at conception and is irreversible.
  • Down's syndrome is not a disease. People with Down's syndrome are not ill and do not "suffer" from the condition.
  • People with the syndrome will have a degree of learning difficulty. However, most people with Down's syndrome will walk and talk and many will read and write, go to ordinary schools and lead fulfilling, semi-independent lives.
  • Today the average life expectancy for a person with Down's syndrome is between 50 and 60. A considerable number of people with Down's syndrome live into their 60's.

 

 

Their aim

Help people with Down's syndrome to live full and rewarding lives.

Their mission

  • provide information and support for people with Down's syndrome, their families and carers, and the professionals who work with them.
  • strive to improve knowledge of the condition.
  • champion the rights of people with Down's syndrome

 

As a charity, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations. We currently need £2.1 million per annum to operate and hope that you will be able to help us reach our target.

 

£5 The cost to the DSA to produce 10 copies of one of our free resources which provides information for our new parents.
£25 Providing an hour of face to face support to a parent from one of our trained Information Officers on any aspect of living with Down's syndrome.
£100 Specialist support for four hours from our Education Officer or Welfare Benefits Adviser offering clear, helpful guidance through the regulatory mazes.
£500 Tailored, specific legal advice and assistance to uphold education and social care rights for individual cases.
£1,200 Producing and distributing 1,000 copies of our Journal, giving the latest news on all issues relating to Down's syndrome.
£2,500 An Information Exchange Day - bringing together local groups for a regional day conference allowing exchange of information, ideas and enthusiasm as well as the opportunity to hear some great speakers.
£4,000 A year's supply of top medical advice which can be offered free to our members.
£5,000 The cost to pay for a year of coaching sessions for a DSActive team (football for people with Down's syndrome).
£10,000 What it takes to maintain our helpline services for one month.

 

Updates 12

24 hours to go!feeling very excited and nervous but I cannot wait till the starting gun goes off and the race begins...I am very close to hitting target so I am very happy but will keep pushing for more to drive me to the finish!!

20/04/13 09:29

3 days to go...the final push is underway for donations, nearly reached that £1000.00 target!! Off to London to the Expo to collect race number and other goodies...Cannot wait for Sunday I am buzzing!!

18/04/13 23:23

Two weeks to go till the biggest challenge of my life and I am in the middle of tapering which is going well.Time to push the fundraising for the next fortnight so please read my story and donate if it is only a £1.00 because it all helps towards my target of £1000.00. Thank You

07/04/13 20:12

The Colchester Half Marathon was a fantastic run and I achieved a new PB of 1:49:31 - After doing a gruelling long run in the snow it is time to start TAPERING before the 21st April 2013...Still hoping to push my fundraising up to and beyond the £1000,00 target!

24/03/13 19:47

Hi All, Training is going really well & I'm getting myself ready for the big one! I'm doing the Colchester half marathon this Sunday in prep for next month....NEXT MONTH!!! Really excited for this now!! Its going to be incredible...Can't believe its only 39 days away.

14/03/13 21:56

Raising money for

Down's Syndrome Association

Down's Syndrome Association

Charity Registration No. 1061474

Two babies are born every day with Down's syndrome. Through information and support for people with Down's syndrome, their families and professionals, the Down's Syndrome Association helps these people live full and rewarding lives.

Donations 30

Donation by Anonymous on 06/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Gregory, A donation from my Auntie, Uncle and Nana. Thank you so much

Donation by Gregory Pryke on 06/06/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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£20 donation from Phil Rothman!Thanks for donating Phil

Donation by Gregory Pryke on 06/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congrats on your achievements that day! it was a privilege!!!!

Donation by Davidson Drakes-Jarrett on 09/05/13

£10.00

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Well done baby. I loved supporting you with this like I will do with everything in our life together. I love you, always x

Donation by Lisa Thorpe (Very Proud Girlfriend) on 02/05/13

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

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Well Done!

Donation by Veronika Fecova on 24/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Thomas Harrison on 20/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Greg! We'll be thinking of you and willing you on. A wonderful cause. With our Love and Best Wishes.

Donation by The Laughlin's on 19/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 19/04/13

£30.00

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Good luck Greg!

Donation by Lucie Klabackova on 18/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 18/04/13

£30.00

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Good luck Greg. We will be there to cheer you on. Love The Watson Family x

Donation by Louise Watson on 18/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Gregory, proud of the effort you have gone through to prepare yourself. Such a worthy cause with a lot of meaning to us all. Love you bro x

Donation by Alexis Pryke on 18/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Happy 25th birthday to our angel Chloe & thank you to our wonderful son & her big brother Gregory and GOOD LUCK. Love you lots.

Donation by Maman and Dad xxxx on 18/04/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Greg

Donation by Nick Lavelle on 18/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Tom Thorpe on 17/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Gregory and enjoy running in your first London Marathon for such a fantastic cause!

Donation by Love The Clarks xxxx on 15/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 04/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good Luck! This is an amazing thing to do enjoy the day!

Donation by Lauren Crawford on 27/03/13

£20.00

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Good Luck Greg! Kev & Helen

Donation by Kevin Woolnough on 15/03/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Frances Williams-Lee on 04/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Aurelia Pryke on 23/02/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Hope the suffering is not too bad and that you actually enjoy the run!!

Donation by Sean Bradfield on 22/02/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Greg!

Donation by Katia, Chris and Freya Sampson on 21/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£760.00
  • Offline donations£558.22
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,318.22
  • Gift Aid£167.50

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