I have raised over £185,000 for charity
I have raised money for many different charities over the years as I have been raising money since I was 8 years old. Raising money to help others is something that has been a big part of my life and something that I have enjoyed doing.
Over the years I have raised money for the following charities:
“Bee Vocal Mental Health Choir”
This year I hope raise money for the Bee vocal choir. Bee vocal is choir is for people experiencing a mental health difficulty. The aim of the choir is to create a fun and non judgmental environment to encourage confidence through a collective of voices in the form of a contemporary choir. In 2019 we sang on stage at the Royal Varity Performance with Emeli Sande. More needs doing for mental health.
“The Peele Care Home”
My Ronnie Gran spent just over three years in this care home before she passed away in August 2017. I introduced doll therapy to care as it helped to calm the residents. I bought three baby Annabel dolls and a mosses basket, it was not just the ladies in the care home that loved to cradle the baby dolls some of the gentlemen cradled them too and often sing while cradling them. I also bought craft items and table games.
“Manchester Children’s Hospital”
I spent over three months in Pendlebury Children’s hospital after my spinal surgery due to the surgery not going to plan, I spent weeks flat on my back not being able to move, they did not really have many bedside games that the children could play with. I raised money to by games that the children could play at the bedside.
“When You Wish upon a Star”
When You Wish upon a Star is a wonderful charity which helps make wishes come true for sick and terminally ill children throughout Britain. They have granted over 10,000 wishes since a lady named Barbara started the charity back in 1990. The highlight of the charities year is a trip to Lapland, where children have the opportunity to go on husky rides and sleigh rides with Rudolph. Celebrities also accompany the children and join in the fun, which provide the children with an unforgettable experience. I went to Lapland when I was 9 years old for the way I cope with my own illness for which there is no cure, so I really do know how much joy it brings and this is also my way of saying thank you.
“Well Child Charity”
Over 100,00 children and young people are living with serious or exceptional health needs across the UK. Many spend months, even years in hospital because there is no support needs enabling them to leave. Their vision is for these children and young people to have the best chance to thrive at home, with their families. When I was about 16 I won an award from the Well Child Charity for how well I cope with my condition. There were so many other poorly children and young people at the event that I decided to try and raise money for. I also did a documentary for them, which was called “The day in the Kay”.
“Children With Tumours and Neurofibromatosis”
Children with tumours is no longer running.
A lot of people have never heard of Neurofibromatosis (NF1), this one of the conditions that I suffer from and it is NF that caused my scoliosis due to tumours on my spine. There is no cure for NF , money is needed to help fund research into the condition.