On ‘The Risings’ to running success

20 January 2016

Ellie Brown trainingDisabled children in Exeter stand to benefit from funding for new activities and a sensory room with their support worker set to take on the London Marathon this April.

Ellie Brown, a support worker and activities coordinator at The Risings (a Leonard Cheshire Disability care home in Exeter), is taking on the challenge in aid of the charity.

Through her role Ellie, 27, supports young disabled people aged 10 to 18. She is a self-confessed ‘couch potato’, so to tackle the London Marathon is a massive feat.

That may make you ask why Ellie has decided to run the world-renowned 26.2 mile route through the capital.

‘My motivation to run the marathon is because I experience anxiety and have lacked confidence for many years.

‘I wanted to help myself and thought exercise is a good way to maintain a positive mind.

‘I saw in the communications book at The Risings that Leonard Cheshire was advertising places for the London Marathon.

‘I thought I should go for it as I wanted to challenge myself, set a goal and I knew I would stick to it as I care so much about the children and teenagers we support.

‘By running the marathon I’m facing my anxiety head on and by raising funds I’m helping others too.’

Ellie has become an avid fundraiser pulling out all the stops to raise as much as possible for The Risings.

‘I’ve kicked off my fundraising by running a pub quiz and was lucky to have loads of raffle prizes. This was a great night and it raised £290 towards my fundraising target.

‘My next fundraising ventures include a vintage fair and another pub quiz to raise more funds.

‘I am determined as I know the money raised will make such a difference to the children who Leonard Cheshire supports at The Risings.’

Ellie’s fundraising will make a great impact as it will help to fund a new sensory room and activities for disabled children to enjoy.

The sensory equipment is a great benefit for children with disabilities, as it can stimulate them through visuals, sounds and textures.

Ellie said:

‘This will help the children we support with their wellbeing and happiness.

‘They can develop their learning through sensory play and also increase their confidence in a social environment.’

If you would like to support Ellie you can sponsor her directly via her JustGiving page.

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Notes editors

  • The Risings offers a wide range of daily activities from trampolining, cooking, sensory development and arts and crafts. The team at The Risings work hard to ensure everyone is happy and provide support to enable everyone to be independent and to take part in community activities.
  • 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. With over 7,500 staff, the charity supports over 7,000 disabled people in the UK.