Wroughton Nurse Takes on 100K Ultra Challenge for Disabled Daughter

10 Apr 2024

Wroughton Nurse Takes on 100K Ultra Challenge for Disabled Daughter

Joanna Alexander, a nurse from Wroughton, is embarking on a 100K Ultra Challenge to raise funds for her 13-year-old daughter, Poppy, who has severe disabilities.

Poppy's Story and the Need for an Innowalk

Poppy Alexander, born in 2010, suffered severe brain damage at birth. She is registered blind and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and learning difficulties. Poppy requires full trunk support, and her condition is life-limiting. Despite these challenges, Poppy enjoys sensory experiences, such as riding in a bike trailer, floating, and even surfing.

Her parents, Joanna (42) and Rod (48), along with their three other children, are determined to improve Poppy’s quality of life. They are raising £25,500 for an Innowalk, a motorized standing device that Poppy recently trialed and loved. Joanna explains, "The increased movement and upright position from the Innowalk help Poppy’s breathing, digestion, circulation, and more."

Fundraising Efforts and the 100K Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge

Joanna is participating in the 100K Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge, a two-day walk from Corfe Castle to Bridport, with her friend. The route includes landmarks like Swanage, Weymouth, Durdle Door, Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, and the famous sandstone cliffs of West Bay.

Joanna shared, “I used to be quite fit, but with Poppy in and out of the hospital, it’s hard to find time to exercise. This challenge is helping me get fit while raising money for Poppy. So far, I’ve managed 100K over four days.”

Continuous Support from Tree of Hope

The family is supported by Tree of Hope, a children’s charity that helps families fundraise for healthcare needs not covered by the NHS. Becky Andrew, Tree of Hope CEO, stated, “We’re delighted to help Poppy’s family with their fundraising and wish Joanna all the best with the walk.”

How to Donate

To support Poppy’s fund, visit Tree of Hope - Poppy's Fund.

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