Arthritis care receives fundraising boost

5 April 2016

Bronwen with friend at Gloucestershire HouseA resident with arthritis at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Gloucestershire House care home in Cheltenham will be among those to benefit after her nephew was moved to fundraise for the charity.

Mike Sheldrick is running the London Marathon to further support care for his aunt, who has severe arthritis and a few associated conditions. 

‘Bronwen is barely mobile and needs round-the-clock care, so she had no choice but to move to a care home that could give her the support she needs,’ Mike says.

‘After witnessing the severity of her condition, it’s clear to me how important facilities like Gloucestershire House are in improving the day to day lives of disabled people. 

‘She is unable to travel long distances due to her health, so small trips out really make a difference.

‘Information and access to the kind of support provided by the likes of Leonard Cheshire is not always readily available. 

‘To improve awareness of the facilities and the great work Leonard Cheshire does can only be a good thing.’ 

Mike Sheldrick in a Leonard Cheshire Disability vestThe runner from Brockworth, Gloucester, will be among 38,000 participants taking on the famous race on 24 April.

‘Having recently visited the Gloucestershire House facility, I would like my sponsorship money to go towards some of the physiotherapy tools at the home,’ adds the 33-year-old. 

‘As someone who enjoys an active life, I believe this should be the same for everyone.

‘If there is anything left over, I would like to use some of the money to help fund an outdoor activity day for the residents of the care home.’

Mike is looking to raise £1,800 and sponsors can support him through his JustGiving page.

Everyone who donates can then nominate a song to go on Mike’s race-day playlist. No matter what the song is, if you choose it, it'll get played.

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Notes for editors

  1. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. 
  2. The London Marathon involves 38,000 runners and this year takes place on Sunday 24 April. The race will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio. The Highway is the best place for disabled spectators to watch the race. The marathon passes along this road twice, between mile 13 and mile 14 and then between miles 21 and 22.