All the latest fund raisers on the peninsula
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GrievingCouncillor Takes On Gruelling 60-mile Coastal Walk
Long serving peninsula councillor David Wood is putting his best foot forward with a 60 mile hike in a bid to raise at least £2,500 for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust (MSA).
The 69-year-old lost his wife Rita to the condition in August year and has been determined to raise awareness of MSA, which is a rare disease with around 3,300 people in the UK and Ireland currently living with it.
Cllr Wood explained that most people will never have heard of the condition, unless they themselves have already met someone with MSA. Sadly, this is also true of a lot of health professionals which is why the MSA Trust works to raise awareness and increase understanding of MSA throughout the UK and Ireland.
David will be joined on the walk in mid-September by colleagues from the AONB and the National Trust , with all well-wishers joining him along the route.
"Since losing Rita last year I have been wanting to do something to raise funds and awareness and so walking the Suffolk Coast seemed perfect, as this area was very special to us both," said Cllr Wood
"I will be accompanied by Simon Amstutz and Nick Collinson and we will be doing the walk over a four day period. I will be celebrating a significant birthday this year, and I don't think my knees would cope with 60 miles in one day."
The Multiple System Atrophy Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist support to all those affected by MSA; a life-limiting neurodegenerative brain disease. It provides MSA nurses, a telephone helpline and regional support groups. The Trust also funds research into both a cause and cure.
Beatrice's Beautiful Locks Cut for Charity
A Shotley schoolgirl is sacrificing her waist-long locks for the Little Princess Trust.
Beatrice Picknell will send her hair to the charity so it can be used to make wigs for children who have suffered hair loss due to illness.
Seven-year-old Bea made the decision after seeing an advert for Cancer Research and talking it through with her mum Katie, and they have also set up a Just Giving page, to try and raise £200 for the Trust. Shotley Primary School is backing her cause and will be holding a non-uniform day to help raise cash.
Bea, a dancer with the Superstarz troupe, is big fan of Little Mix, Taylor Swift and the Spice Girls, will have her hair cut on Thursday, July 18 at Hers & Sirs in Chelmondiston.
Beatrice will be in very capable hands at Liza Marie, from Hers & Sirs who is not only a very good hair stylist but an experienced charity hair cropper, that has been supportive of many good causes.
To donate please go to Bea's Just Giving page here...
Beatrice's Sacrifice Reaps Double Her Target Amount
Seven-year-old Beatrice Picknell more than doubled her £200 target after her lovely long locks cut for the Little Princess Trust, by raising nearly £500 for the charity.
Liza-Marie, from Hers & Sirs, carefully cut and collected 18 inches of Bea's waist-length hair, to send to the trust, which then makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to illness, and carries out research into children's cancer.
Meanwhile, mum Katie collected £495 in donations, including £108 from Shotley primary school after a non-uniform day, and a cheque was posted to the charity today.
Bea, who was shocked to see the first pony-tail snipped but bravely continued with the challenge, made the decision to have her hair cut after seeing an advert for Cancer Research and talking it through with her mum Katie first.
Great East Run Challenge For Diabetes
A team of runners from Shotley primary school are taking part in September's Great East Run to raise funds for their chosen charity, the Ipswich Diabetic Centre.
The centre was chosen as a show of support for three-year-old Mia Bennet, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes last year.
To get the year of fundraising off to a flying start, team Shotley are asking for sponsorship for the Great East Run on Sunday 22nd September.
So far, the team consists of Mr Miley, Richard Dedicoat, Lynette Alison, Annabelle Porter. Mrs Fitzgerald, her husband Matt and her son Harry.
Although Mia's parents and Shotley Kidzone help manage Mia's levels, the centre can help the young girl be even more independent the Ipswich Diabetic Centre is a charity that supports the funding for cgms flash monitors and insulin pumps.
They also offer huge discounts for diabetes camps, so that children like Mia can go and have some well-deserved fun on activity weeks.
Whether you want to show your support by signing up to the run or whether you want to make a donation – however big or small – all support will be hugely appreciated.
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