A charity director has pledged to run 1,560 miles, swim 70 miles and cycle 250 miles to raise awareness for children with cerebral palsy.
Better Start Better Future appeal
BoCardiff Children’s Therapy Centre Wales’ centre director Jenny Carroll set herself the challenge called The Better Start Better Future appeal as it’s her aim to see more babies who have cerebral palsy as soon as possible after birth, to ensure they get the best start in life and thereby help each child fulfil their own potential.
“As centre director I am determined to see this happen,” said Jenny, who is also a consultant physiotherapist. “So I’ve set my own personal challenge to raise money for the Better Start Better Future appeal.”
Since January and until BoCardiff Wales’ 25th birthday in 2017, Jenny will run one mile for every child under 18 living in Wales with cerebral palsy, a mere 1,560 miles in total, swim one mile for every baby born with this disability in the Principality during 2016 and finally cycle 10 miles for every year BoCardiff Wales has been open – a further 250 miles.
Jenny added: “My motivation is simple, every day I treat children with cerebral palsy who would have a better future if they had started to receive specialist therapy as soon as possible after birth.
“As well as the physical side, I’m not too sure how I will find the time, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Often children in Wales are not referred to the Centre of Excellence in Whitchurch , Cardiff, for specialist therapy until they are two years or older.
Each year, approximately 70 children will be born in Wales with cerebral palsy.