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SMALL STEPS lead to GIANT STRIDES

I am running the Edinburgh Marathon for Small Steps SFP because they are helping Joseph to one day potentially wal

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  • Event: Edinburgh Marathon Festival Full Marathon 2016, 29 May 2016

Small Steps SFP

We help young children with disabilities to work on all areas of their development.

Charity Registration No. 1150651

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Less than two weeks to go. I ran from Tadworth to Guildford (18.5m) last week in the pouring rain. it was hard work but I got there. Unfortunately my phone got soaked and died. This week I'm slowing the pace down but will try a half marathon distance on Thursday or Friday as my last long...ish run. After a frustrating month with my knee injury I attempted my furthest run in a month yesterday. I am pleased to say that I managed to run from Tadworth to London a total distance of 32km (20 miles) in about 2hrs 32m, the 3hr 30m dream is back on. I've had a couple of weeks of frustration since my 1.32 half marathon at Hampton Court. My knee has been very sore and I have struggled to do more than 6.5 miles in one go. I am hoping it clears up soon but I suspect that my time will not be as fast as I was hoping. In the meantime, your support is as invaluable as ever. Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

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As some of you know, our son Joseph had problems at birth. As a result of these problems it was touch and go as to whether or not he would survive, but survive he did. Joe is now nearly two years old and is a bright and generally happy little boy, but for all the laughs and smiles he has to live with the result of the problems at birth and has been diagnosed with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. What does this mean you ask?? Well, it means that Joe does not have full use of any of his limbs, his mobility is severely restricted, his muscles are tightened to the point that they are often cramped, it means Joseph can't sit up unsupported and at this point in time the prospect of Joe even standing up, never mind walking is a pipe dream.

What we do have though is hope and this hope is brought to us in the form of the charity Small Steps which is based in Roehampton. The charity is ran 100% on donations and receives no government funding. Joseph has been attending Small Steps for four months and whilst his progress is slow, he is making Small Steps that will hopefully lead to his own Giant Strides.

Every penny counts for this wonderful charity and Joseph is benefitting from the goodwill and generosity of donors of children that have gone before him. It would be amazing to be able to provide another family with the same hope for their child as what Jen and I get for Joseph.

If you are able to donate even a few pounds then we would be ever so grateful. Thank you all inadvance x x

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