Weʼre raising £1,000 to buy a wheelchair for Willow Chippendale who is 8 years old and was born with the neuromuscular condition spinal muscular atrophy type two.
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My friends, Dan and Jess Chippendale, are lucky enough to have two fabulous kids; Willow and Albie. Willow was born with a rare and potentially fatal neuromuscular condition called spinal muscular atrophy type two which causes weakness of the muscles. This means that she has never had the use of her legs and has limited use of the muscles in her arms and back. Dan, Jess, Willow and Albie have worked tirelessly to raise money for the constant requirements of Willow's life. As she is a growing child those requirements constantly change and are significantly more costly due to her condition. As she grows she needs a new wheelchair for every four year period of her life. On top of all the birthday presents, Christmas presents, after-school clubs, sweets, chocolates, school uniform and shoes that all kids need, a £20,000 wheelchair might just be a tad hard to squeeze into the monthly budget.
So instead of raising money for a charity which won't directly assist Willow, I am raising money to help buy her a new wheelchair by completing a triathlon. This will take place on Sunday 16th September in Brighton. For those of you unenlightened on the fundamentals of triathlons, they involve three disciplines; swimming, cycling and running, and the hard part is they all follow directly one after the other. The even harder part is that the swim will be in the sea in Brighton. My only ever foray off the coast of Brighton has been to gamble money in the arcades and sink (poor choice of verb) a beer or two in the pub at the end of the Palace Pier. Swimming through the choppy, sloppy waves of the English Channel will be a very new experience. I sincerely urge you to come and witness this rather ludicrous event, for three reasons; (1) because I will need the support and the warmth (literally) from you all, (2) so that you can have a jolly good laugh at my expense and (3) to verify that I'm as good as my word and have completed the task as stated.
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Aug 17, 2018
Excellent work Sam!! Wishing you all the best, you’re a star. Xxx
Dave Le Shirley
Jul 17, 2018
You can do it Sam
Jul 15, 2018
Top effort, bit of a step up from a 5k run dressed as a gorilla. Lots of love, Team Grant xx
Eva and Ossian
Jul 15, 2018
Channel your inner dolphin, cheetah and er..Wiggins! Huge luck to you Sam. Hoping Willow get’s her new chair soon x Eva and Ossian
Jul 15, 2018
Good luck Sam!
Jun 25, 2018
Swim like a fish, ride like a pro, run like the wind. You’re a hero Sam and amazing cause for our fave pink princess Willow.
Jun 24, 2018
Go Sam, you slippery eel-like freak.
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About the fundraiser
I have turned 40, had a mild mid-life crisis, and decided completing triathlons is a good idea. In order to galvanise the spirit and find the energy to do this, raising money for a cause very close to me makes this process much easier.
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