KFA Test Analyst, Dan Hammond and his wife Anna, are tackling the South Downs Way 100-mile route this September.
Dan and Anna are hot on the (w)heels of Development Dave’s fundraising efforts and are planning one of their own. (Dan’s joke!)
They will be walking (and wheeling) the 100-mile South Downs Way route for charity with their Barbet assistance dog, Bramble to fundraise for my AFK.
Anna is living with Friedreich’s Ataxia which is a rare genetic condition affecting her balance, coordination and speech. The condition usually results in the individual being confined to a wheelchair within 10-20 years of the first symptoms appearing.
However, Anna is an active person and as a young adult found she was being held back by a standard wheelchair, which is when she received the support from ‘my AFK’, who provided her first ‘off-road’ wheelchair – allowing her more freedom to do the things she wanted to do!
She has benefited greatly from the support of my AFK, (formerly Action For Children) – without their support, she would have been restricted and the activities she was able to do would have been considerably reduced.
my AFK helps disabled children and young people to live independent and fulfilling lives.
The charity provides specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to their 25th birthday, across the UK.
They also help disabled young people aged 19+ to develop important life and work skills so they can live more independently and move into paid employment.
Anna & I (and the dog) will be attempting to walk the whole of the South Downs Way in September. We are doing it for ‘my AFK’ which gave Anna her first powered all terrain wheelchair when she was younger, and opened up her world and life in general.
Hopefully by raising some money for the charity they can continue to provide mobility equipment to kids & young people, to ensure they are not restricted by their disability and can have access to all the things we sometimes take for granted.Dan Hammond
Anything that Dan and Anna’s supporters can donate to help will be greatly appreciated and it will also help motivate them to complete the 100-mile challenge!