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Reach For The Finish Line

Fundraising for Reach, Association for Children with Upper Limb Deficiency

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  • Event: Vitality British 10k London Run 2016, 10 Jul 2016

Reach, Association for Children with Upper Limb Deficiency

We help children with upper limb difference to live life without

Charity Registration No. 1134544

Story

At our 20-week scan we found out we were going to have a daughter. At our 20-week scan we also found out that our baby was truly one in a million.

Each year, there are around 60 babies born in the UK missing part of one or both arms and hands.

Each year around 60 families - parents, siblings, and grandparents - are devastated by the knowledge that their child is different and will never be totally two handed.

60 families may seem a small number but to each of these families it is shattering and Reach needs funding to 'reach' these people to provide support and information as early as possible to help them get round it.

The day we got home from our scan, utterly shocked and confused, we found Reach. We got in touch and within days we were receiving messages from families across the country who were reaching out a helping hand to us.

This support, advice and community was absolutely invaluable to us as we sorted through our thoughts and feelings.

I was keen to show my support in return, even though our own Reach baby isn’t with us yet (3 weeks and counting...), but at 37 weeks pregnant I didn’t think I was going to be running the London Vitality 10k myself, not at any great speed anyway!

Enter Kim; my super star hockey captain who’s taking on the hard work of tackling the London 10k in the name of Reach – raising funds to support those in need.

I cannot thank Kim enough for so selflessly stepping up and offering to run for this charity. Please support her in any way you can to raise as many funds as we can to support parents and children in need from birth into adulthood, when they often become mentors to the nextgeneration!

If you’d like to know more you can visit www.reach.org.uk or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/reachcharity.

You can also follow the journey of our own little Reach baby on our blog: thoughshebebutlittle2016.wordpress.com

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