On October 15th, our communications and engagement executive, Alice, will be running the Bath Half Marathon in order to raise funds for an amazing charity called Help the Child.
‘Help the Child was formed and registered with the Charity Commission in 1987. The aim of the charity is to raise funds to assist children with disabilities in reaching their full potential by providing items of specialist equipment’. www.helpthechild.org.uk
Alice said “It is unbelievably prohibitive the cost of specialist equipment such as communication apps, walking aids, specialist wheelchairs/buggies and trikes, sensory equipment etc. This charity seeks to fill the HUGE gaps in statutory funding and everyone who has been helped by them is tremendously grateful”.
Back in October 2018, Alice's daughter, Melody, underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. Melody is now 7 years old and faces the challenge of being nonverbal, which caused her immense frustration because she couldn't communicate her needs or express herself. Following some research, Alice found out about AAC devices designed for communication. To her surprise, she found that the communication app alone would cost £350, not including the device needed to run the app.
That's when they came across the amazing Help the Child charity. This incredible charity fully covered the cost of the app, and it has completely transformed Melody's life. She can now effectively communicate her needs and takes particular delight in requesting chocolate and ice-cream.
Alice said “This is going to be a huge challenge for me, I have never run this far before, but I am determined to complete the 13.1 miles even if I have to crawl over the finish line. Children with disabilities deserve to be able to have access to specialist equipment that will enable them to reach their full potential and it’s charities like this one that make a huge difference!”
We are incredibly proud of Alice, and Alert Health 24 will be sponsoring her to undertake the Bath Half and raise money for such a fantastic charity! If you are attending the Bath Half Marathon, please keep an eye out for Alice and the Alert Health 24 logo on her shirt and give her an extra big cheer!
If you would like to sponsor Alice on her amazing efforts to raise money for the Help the Child charity, please click here:
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