Leggett Brothers North Coast 500
We are cycling 500 miles in 5 days around the iconic North Coast of Scotland to raise money for the West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society.
The Leggett boys (Gregor, Wilson, Stewart & Robert) are cycling the famous North Coast 500 in 5 days, starting and finishing in Inverness.
We are raising funds to support West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society http://www.wsdcs.org.uk/
The charity is close to our family’s heart as our own Rebecca was born deaf in 2004. Since then Rebecca and the rest of the family have been supported and guided by the amazing staff and members of the charity.
WSDCS is a charity based in Glasgow, staffed and managed by parents of deaf children, they provide unique empathic social, emotional & practical support to families from the point of diagnosis to age 20 and beyond. They offer this support on a 7 day week basis either on the telephone, email or by visits to the family at a time and place suitable to them.
Deaf children; deaf young people; their siblings; and families; benefit from the support provided. The charity has the potential to work with over 1200 deaf children in the West of Scotland, there are 50 babies born every year and many of these children have other additional needs (40%). The majority of these children will be born to hearing parents (90%) who will have no knowledge of deafness or deaf issues. Deafness is a permanent disability that affects every aspect of a deaf child’s life and they aim to help them overcome any barriers and to succeed and thrive in a hearing world.
Deaf Children like Rebecca are an isolated group in our society. It is harder for deaf children like Rebecca to make friends and to access activities that hearing children take for granted. The charity aims to help deaf children overcome the problems they face socially and emotionally, by ensuring that they are given every opportunity to meet and mix regularly with other deaf children, to socialise, relax and just have fun together. WSDCS providing this support to deaf children helps to alleviate the loneliness, isolation and frustration experienced on a daily basis. Some of the ways the charity does this is by providing a weekly fun/sign/activity club on a Saturday morning during school term time; a twice monthly youth group for deaf young people; outreach support groups for younger children and their families; activities for all groups during the long summer holidays; and throughout the year arrange parties, fun days and pantomimes at Christmas.
The charity relies solely on donations. Thank you for reading our story and helping us to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.
Gregor, Wilson, Stewart & Robert