Weʼve raised £945 to support Henry's next steps x
- Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
- Children and youth
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- Funded on Saturday, 4th November 2017
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GNR is fast approaching and while I have always fundraised for BHF in the past, this year it is a little guy called Henry who is giving me my focus.
Many of you will know Henry Alexander but for those who don't - heres a little background. Henry has cerebral palsy and for him it is a challenge to do things that other more able bodied people take for granted - climbing the stairs, playing active games ... even just walking.
Henry will soon travel to Leeds for surgery. Consultant Neurosurgeon, Mr John Godden will perform the operation, Selective Dorsel Rhizotomy (SDR) to release the spasticity in Henry's Legs. This will give Henry the possibility of walking unaided. Unfortunately, this life changing operation is not available through the NHS.
After the operation Henry will face a further challenge as he attends daily physio sessions for 4 weeks, then once home, intensive Physiotherapy for a further 6 months. His amazing parents, Paul and Jan, will put their lives on hold while Henry is in Leeds, as they concentrate on supporting him as well as trying to maintain as normal a life as possible back home for big brother Ollie. Jan will be based in Leeds never leaving Henry's side while Paul stays home with Ollie while also supporting Jan and Henry, with no doubt countless drives up and down the motorway to Leeds.
Jan and Paul ask for nothing other than love and support from their family and friends during this time. However, the cost of this surgery and the following physiotherapy is by no means insignificant. It is not a decision they have taken lightly - who would choose to put their child through such intensive surgery unless it was to offer such an enormous gift of an easier, more mobile lifestyle to such an inspirational little lad - their Henry. Not only will it change his life, it will change their lives as a family.
So, how can we help? We can be there when they need strength from family and friends when things get tough, tiring, emotional as they are apart in Newcastle and Leeds, when Henry gets frustrated and cross. We can help look after Ollie - always a pleasure, he loves a cuppa and a chat! - and help to make things as normal for him as possible while mum and brother are away from home.
But together we can do more. We can help to ease the financial impact that this will have on the family. So, while I am not as fit as I have been in the past for the Great North Run I am still giving it a go and am determined to make it round. I will set myself a time to beat next year! I would be really grateful if you could show your support by sponsoring me and all funds raised will be passed to the Alexanders with our love . This will be a bigger challenge for me than it has been in the past, simply due to fitness levels, but I will have Henry in my head the whole way round to give me what I need to get to the finish line - and I will do it.
So, please, please donate what you can to help this wonderful little boy and his family to get through the next phase of Henry's journey and give him this opportunity of an easier, more mobile life.
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£10 Kirsty and Steve, Lucy and Al (Martin)
£40 - Kay and Marc Cunningham and kids "Well done Jill - we support amazing Henry on his journey. Paul, Jan and Oliver we are always here with any help you need. All our love, the Cunninghams xxx"
£20 from Joanne and Mark Thompson
£40 from Jill's Auntie Kathleen and Uncle John
- 4 months ago
Jill Hall4 months ago
Hi everyone - the page is due to close soon so I just wanted to say a huge, huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me in support of Henry and his lovely family. In this hugely stressful time for Jan and Paul, anxiously wondering whether the operation will go ahead this week or not, how wonderful that they can be reminded that there are so many people behind them, wishing them well and wanting to help in any way we can. Thank you so, so, so much to each and every one of you x x x x
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- 6 months ago
Jill Hall6 months ago
Well, in a week it will all be over for me - but only just getting geared up for Henry who it looks like will be able to have surgery in October 2017 if all goes smoothly. A time of mixed emotions for Jan and Paul - excitement, anticipation, nerves ... you name it, they will probably be feeling it! I am planning on one more run tomorrow/Tuesday then rest until Sunday but already I'm feeling excited for the day and ready to take on the challenge. Thank you so much - from myself and from Jan and Paul - for all donations so far x x x
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Nov 2, 2017
Sep 13, 2017
Keeping everything crossed for a speedy recovery and an amazing new life of running wild! Good luck Henry!! ❤️
Sep 12, 2017
Huge well done on completing the GNR for little Henry and his family. What a lovely friend you are. Hope the legs aren't too sore.Helen, Jim and the girls x
Sep 12, 2017
What a great cause to support Jill. We wish all the best to the Alexander's and know that with God's help Henry will have a successful operation. All our love The Robinsons
Joshua, Emilia, Angela and Steve
Sep 11, 2017
Well done Jill and good luck Henry! We all have our fingers crossed for you.
Sep 11, 2017
Well done Jill!
Sep 10, 2017
Well done Jill!! Love Anna, Iain, Oliver & Matthew Xxxx
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Jan and Paul Alexander are firm friends of ours. They and their boys Oliver and Henry are a true inspiration. Their grit and determination emanates from both of their boys, Oliver and Henry and I just want to do something to show my support and friendship in Henry's next steps x
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