On Friday 19 April, Ian Morley and his family and friends gathered together to walk the Ataxia Café Crawl, setting off from Middleton Sports Club and finishing at Portslade Cricket Club.
Ian Morley, organiser and close friend to another Ataxia UK Friend, Richard Bradford, brought together this team of passionate fundraisers, inspired by Richard and his daughter Meg’s story.
Meg has Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) and at only 16 years old, Meg already relies on a fully automated chair to get around, and her condition is progressing at an aggressive pace.
Eighteen people completed the event in the scorching hot weather on Easter weekend, raising awareness of ataxia along the way and together raised over £2,500.
Ian expresses his gratitude for the local companies who supported the team with food and drink: “La Patisserie in Shoreham were amazing. The staff all wore ataxia badges, they had a collection tin leading up to the event and supplied the walkers with a plate of biscuits and cakes when we arrived.”
Portslade Cricket Club shared the event on social media in the lead up to the event and organised a BBQ for the team at the finish line. “An incredible day with amazing support from so many people, thank you to Portslade CC for an amazing welcome to the end BBQ!” The Club are also planning a charity cricket day on Sunday 25 August in aid of Ataxia UK.
Sharon Read has ataxia and took part in the event: “I was totally overwhelmed by the standing ovation I was given when I reached the Cricket Club. It was such a lovely day and my heart and thanks go out to all of you who took part in the walk on such a hot day to raise money for a very good cause.”
Thank you so much to everyone that took part and a special thank you to Ian for all his hard work and efforts.
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