Last weekend I was asked to go along to a charity spinathon and take some photos. The request came via my wife Gemma, she used to work at the David Lloyd Club in Woking and one of her colleagues there was a Personal Trainer, Nick Skinner. Sadly Nick's son Louie has Cerebal Palsy and Nick, along with his family are trying to raise money to pay for surgery for Louie. Rather than trying to explain the situation myself and not do it justice, I have taken some words below from their website:
"For the first 2 months everything seemed perfect. Louie was a happy healthy boy but began to experience severe reflux after his feeds. During his 4 month check-up the Paediatrician noticed Louie had increased muscle tone in his lower limbs (stiffness in his legs), and a tendency to arch his back when displaying emotion.
At 10 months our world fell apart when we were faced with the news that Louie may have Cerebral Palsy. We were told that he may never walk unaided. Words cannot describe how devastating this is for a parent to hear."
"Our goal is to raise £80,000 in the next 18 months to enable us to take Louie to America to undergo surgery called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy). This will permanently reduce the stiffness in his legs, enabling him to walk independently. SDR is not a cure by any means, but is a huge step on the road towards independence."
The idea for the event was to run a 10 hour long Spinathon (in simple terms a spin class that lasts 10 long hours!). Congratulations to Nick and everyone else involved for organising a great event and raising some much needed funds! I should also mention that several David Lloyd Clubs ran Spinathons for Louie too, including my wife's club Brooklands and the clubs in Dudley, Liverpool Speke, Exeter, Reading and Maidenhead. I should also offer up my congratulations to the group pictured in the last photo below, they all completed the full 10 hours!
If you'd like to find out more information, the page for this great cause is here: www.footstepsforlouie.co.uk
Here are a few pictures from the day: