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£14,530raised of £5,000 target by 463 supporters

    Weʼve raised £14,530 to help Lily’s dad & good friend Nick fulfill Lily’s dream of flying. Equipment hire & wheelchair maintenance needed to help this happen.

    Funded on Saturday, 3rd November 2018

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    On Friday, 27th July, myself and my good friend and colleague Nick Dickson are going on a charity walk from Long Bennington in Lincolnshire to Crosby in Liverpool.

    The reason for this madness? To raise money for The Lily Grace Trust – the fund set up to help my daughter Lily enjoy life to the best of her ability, in an environment that is safe and secure.

    We plan to cover the 160 mile distance in 8 days.

    Lily is an amazing 16 year old who was diagnosed with Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy when she was just three. This is a progressive condition for which there is currently no cure. Lily walked up until shortly after she was diagnosed and has been confined to a wheelchair for the last 12 years.

    Lily never complains about her condition or the problems it inevitably causes her. She recently completed her GCSEs at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

    Our aim is to raise money so that Lily can start using Lily has the dream of being able to fly to see the world – with Paris and New York top of her destination wish list!

    There is also the on-going running costs associated with Lily’s equipment:- Powerchair insurance and maintenance. Lily’s chair is EVERYTHING when it comes to mobility. Running costs are expensive and it currently needs a full service and several repairs that we are struggling to fund.

    - Through floor lift insurance and maintenance. This ace piece of kit enables Lily to access her second floor bedroom where she can relax and entertain friends. Again the yearly insurance and running costs are mounting and parts are expensive.

    - Monthly repayments and maintenance of family car adaptations. The ramp adaptations were essential for us to be able to transfer Lily in her powerchair.

    That’s to name but three.

    Nick and I really do appreciate you reading this far and thank you for your support.

    For more info about UCMD please click here:

    Yours, channelling his inner Ian Botham,




    • Claire Wharton4 months ago
      Claire Wharton

      Claire Wharton

      4 months ago

      Good morning! As the dust begins to settle on an amazing adventure, i just wanted to write to thank you all so much on behalf of Nick and I for all the generosity, love and support shown to us on our #walkforlily. The total you kids have raised is truly staggering and way above what we could have dreamed off. We appreciate it’s impossible to thank you all individually but will attempt to do so to as many of you as possible moving forward. It’s a real game changing sum of money.

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    • Claire Wharton4 months ago
      Claire Wharton

      Claire Wharton

      4 months ago

      It’s a real game changing sum of money. We can now insure and repair Lily’s wheelchair, pay off the remaining cost of the ramp adaptations on our car, insure the through floor lift in our house and Begin the process of fulfilling Lily’s dream of flying to Paris and possibly one day New York. We really thought we would set off, go for a walk and let you know when we had finished! Just shows you what can be achieved when we all pull together! Thank you all so much once again, and watch this space for further updates. Much love, Si. 🚶🏼‍♂❤🚶🏼‍♂

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    • Claire Wharton5 months ago
      Claire Wharton

      Claire Wharton

      5 months ago

      Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for all the love and support that has flooded over me and Nick for the past five days. It’s been tough, but when we see the totaliser creeping up and read out your messages as we walk, it really does make a difference. We’ve clocked over 100 miles since we started. 60 to go. Thank you so much again, we promise we won’t let you down. Big love Foaty 🚶🏼‍♂❤🚶🏼‍♂ #walkforlily

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    • Emily Croydon

      Emily Croydon

      Oct 19, 2018

      I've been meaning to donate to this forever! Really enjoyed watching your journey, it was very inspirational. And I hope Lily gets to fly wherever she wants - happy travelling!


    • PJ


      Sep 17, 2018

      Better late than never. Congrats both on a brilliant acheivement.

    • Ken Macintosh

      Ken Macintosh

      Sep 4, 2018

      Me late? No surprises there then.Well done both of you. Followed your adventures from afar. Maybe even 500 miles!Ken


    • Cornelius Lysaght

      Cornelius Lysaght

      Aug 27, 2018

      Apologies for being so late to the party - all down to a technological breakdown - but what a magnificent effort by Simon & Nick. Love to Lily. Run out of wor


    • Russell Fuller

      Russell Fuller

      Aug 20, 2018

      Better late than never ..Scandalously, news of your exploits didn’t filter through to the Brittany coast, but well done on a fantastic effort


    • Nishat


      Aug 17, 2018


    • Andy Fraser

      Andy Fraser

      Aug 15, 2018

      Well done, gents. Amazing achievement.


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