My name is Toby, I am a young man who has
Cerebral Palsy. I have been told I have the most positive and infectious outlook on life. I feel like nothing is ever impossible, despite my disability, I am determined and focused. Just a few years ago I started walking with the use of a specialised walking frame.
Through my physiotherapy program and hard work and determination, I have gained strength and confidence since having spinal and hip surgeries.
Last year I decided I wanted to do a race. We looked at junior park run and local races, but due to the time I need and environmental factors, We (my support workers and I) came across many barriers. We looked at each other, started laughing and said ‘‘Lets organise your own race!’’ This is exactly what we are now doing, with myself (Toby) taking the lead.
I am organising a unique race for people with physical disabilities. Giving others in the same situation a chance to enter a race, which will be achievable and accommodating of their disability. This is not a race of time, it is an achievement to complete the distance and having the confidence to enter.
Not only am I organising this great event, I have decided to do this in aid of raising money for Team Angus. I looked through different charities and once I read Angus’s story, I was immediately drawn to him and wanted to do something to help. I feel this is something very close to my heart.
Angus is a young boy who has Cerebral Palsy, caused by a traumatic time at birth. Angus was born on the A120 and was starved of oxygen for at least 30 minutes. His parents made every effort with CPR but feared the worse. The paramedics got Angus breathing again as they rushed him to hospital.
He spent months in hospital fighting many battles. Angus is a brave and strong little boy with the most infectious smile. Angus needs therapies and equipment as he goes through life and unfortunately the wonderful NHS cannot supply the amount needed to make a substantial difference.
I understands the importance of equipment and physiotherapy programs. This inspired me to want to raise as much money as he can for Angus. I want to make a difference to Angus’s life and inspire Angus to do incredible things in life.
This event is called the ‘Wheeler Way Walk. It is a 400 metre race, (3 laps of a 150 metre laid out track.) Which is aimed at individuals who never thought they could enter a race due to their disability. It will be a huge achievement for all participants, they will have so much encouragement and be rewarded with a medal, goodie bag and finishers T-shirt for participating. I have ensured I have eliminated as many barriers as possible.
This is an exciting time for me, I am the organiser and will also be training hard to participate in the race so I can make a difference to so many lives, the participants and Angus!
I would like to ask you to help me with my fundraising efforts with your sponsorship.
As part of my fundraising efforts, I have managed to talk some of my team and others supporting me, into doing a sky dive. A team of 11 People will be jumping out of a plane on the 6th April 2019. They are all pledging to raise as much money as they can to help me help Angus.
A big thank you to: Harriett Renolds, Chloe Burgess, Denise Wills, Georgia Wills, Dan Evans, Danny Watts, Nicola Crisell, Heidi West, Angela Raison, Jill Sherlock and Tania Stacey. For doing the sky dive, please sponsor them as this is such an incredible thing they are doing to help.