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Neurokinex Kids team smashes their fundraising target at Run Gatwick

So far the team has raised over £4,000.

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The inaugural Run Gatwick 5K and half marathon race on Sunday May 13th was a resounding success not least for Neurokinex Kids, one of the official local charities of the event. Neurokinex Kids provides ground-breaking rehabilitation for youngsters with paralysis.

Newly-opened, the money raised by the Neurokinex Kids Run Gatwick team will help buy specialist paediatric rehabilitation equipment, fund further staff training and add money to its bursary to help families access its unique programmes.

Neurokinex Kids fielded a team of 12 including three who ran the 5K, six who ran the half marathon 13.1 miles, two who completed the 5K distance in non-modified wheelchairs and one who completed the half marathon using a hand-cycle. So far, their combined fundraising has reached £4,000 with more donations still to come in.

“Our team comprised clients, staff members and friends of Neurokinex,” says Jenny Suggitt, Clinical Lead at Neurokinex Kids at Gatwick.

“It was heart-warming and humbling to see each and every one put in such an effort for us: I would like to thank them all for literally going the extra mile to raise these funds.”

Neurokinex Kids was officially opened last month to great acclaim by Matthew Reeve, son of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve who was paralysed in a horse riding accident. He believed the way forward for rehabilitation from spinal cord injury was to provide activity-based therapies – as offered by Neurokinex Kids – that promote functional recovery.

“Run Gatwick was a great event and we were blessed with good weather and a friendly atmosphere in the town,” continues Jenny.

“It was wonderful to see our team members sporting the NK Kids t-shirts to raise our profile on the course. The money raised will give our pioneering paediatric programme a big boost and help us redefine possibilities for children with paralysis.”

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From tragedy to charity – a brave mother’s act to honour her mum

Local mother starts charity after tragedy.

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Dad Alan; Son Jamie; Mum Caroline; Daughter Paige and Gayle Cassinos from County Mall during the fundraising for Hannah's Wings.

A local lady who was sadly bereaved by the death of her mother after she was brutally murdered in 2018 has made the brave move of turning a tragic event into a positive by launching a charity.

Caroline Snowling is setting up Hannah’s Wings in order to help victims bereaved by murder.

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She said: “I know from first hand experience the massive lack of emotional and financial support available from government. I intend to offer a platform via our charity and website that offers support, advice and financial contributions where possible.”

The charity is in partnership with a Christian Church who are offering their ministers to conduct funeral services for free if they come via Hannah’s Wings.

Caroline, along with her family, are in County Mall today (8 August), Friday 10 August and next Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4.30pm, raising funds in aid of Hannah’s Wings.

They’re also promoting an event run for the charity too, which is being held at Fort Fun.

The VIP charity event at Eastbourne’s Fort Fun takes place on Wednesday 15 August from 6.30pm-9pm. The majority of the sales will go straight to Hannah’s Wings; admission includes the Splash Park, Teacup and Carousel Ride, Bouncy Pillow, Crazy Golf, Bouncy Slide, Sand Play, Imagination Role Play Village, Outdoor Jungle Gym, Ball Game Court and more.

Also available at an extra cost is face painting, balloon modelling, candy floss and a café.

Tickets can be purchased on Hannah’s Wings’ Facebook page or at one of the shopping centre stands. Message the Facebook page for more information.

Hannah’s Wings has a GoFundMe page, which contains links to the many national TV interviews booked to raise awareness about the charity.

Caroline said:

“We have a lot of National and local media interested including, BBC, ITV, Sky News, The Sun, The Irish Post just to name a few.

“Our website is in the making any support would be appreciated.”

Caroline adds: “We shall be fundraising in all different types of ways from fun days, raffles, race nights and more!”

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ GoFundMe page.

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ Facebook page.

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ change.org petition.

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