County Times duo’s desperate donations plea

JPCT-31-01-12 S12050093a Allan Norbury and Ollie McAteer, training for charity run, Horsham, -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT-31-01-12 S12050093a Allan Norbury and Ollie McAteer, training for charity run, Horsham, -photo by Steve Cobb

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REPORTER Ollie McAteer and sports editor Allan Norbury are donning their running trainers in a bid to raise money for children with Cerebral Palsy.

“We’re just hours away from pounding the streets of Brighton,” said Ollie, “and this is my final desperate plea to ask you all to dig deep and donate to such a worthy cause.”

The Dame Vera Lynn Trust School for Parents in Five Oaks, near Billingshurst, provides a specialist service for families of young children with the disability - which can cause impaired muscle coordination amongst other complications.

The award-winning school is used by parents across the South of England. Mother Kerry Chiddle shared her story with us.

“The initial shock that every parent in this situation experiences is hard to put into words, you have mixed feelings of anger, sadness, worry and the constant nagging question; why me?” Kerry told the County Times.

“Already having two young boys, it was excitement mixed with surprise when I found out I was expecting twins.”

Kerry explained how everything was going to plan when without warning, seven months into pregnancy, twins Aime and Bethany were born seven weeks early, weighing just under 3lb each.

“After leaving hospital it soon became apparent during the first couple of months that they were not both developing at the same level, it was little things like reaching up, rolling over or clutching things,” continued Kerry, “Aime seemed to be able to do all these things much quicker and easier than Bethany.”

At eight months, Bethany was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

The family’s priority was to find out what support was available to their baby.

In May 2009 they paid what would be their first of many visits to the Dame Vera Lynn Trust School for Parents in Five Oaks.

“We were overwhelmed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere. We came away with a very positive attitude as to how this wonderful school could help Bethany.”

If you would like to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/Ollie-McAteer or www.justgiving.com/AllanWSCT