Preston firm gets on their bike to raise funds for disabled boy’s care

Posted on - 12th April, 2012 - 11:30am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News


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Connor Sill enjoys doing some drawing

A Preston firm will be getting on their bike to raise money for a disabled boy’s care.

7-year-old Connor Sill, from Preston, has mixed cerebral palsy and next week six staff members from A4e will cycle for 24 hours to go towards Connor’s appeal.

Connor attends The Legacy Rainbow House where he gets specialist care, but his family has been asked to raise £3,000 to help pay for it.

He was unable to walk when he first began attending Rainbow House, but since then he can now stand and walk five steps.

Watch a video of Connor at the Legacy Rainbow House Awards and tearing up the danceflor

The staff members from A4e, who provide services to the public sector, will take turns to cycle throughout the day and night on Wednesday 20th April.

Connor’s mother, Arlene Kelly, said she had been touched by the generosity of the staff.

She said: “We are delighted that A4e has chosen to support Connor in this way. The staff’s generosity helps to give Connor the chance he needs. The therapy Connor has received at Rainbow House has been fantastic in bringing on his physical development, allowing him to take his first steps in recent months. It is amazing to know we have a place like Rainbow House which gives us hope, help, support and understanding.”

Colin Brown, Advisor at A4e, explained once the firm heard about Connor they wanted to do more to help.

He said: “We heard about Connor’s story through one of our clients who asked us to have a collection box in our office. Once our staff fully understood how important Connor was to him, they felt compelled to take further action and we decided to arrange the sponsored bike ride. We are delighted to be able to help Connor and The Legacy Rainbow House. A4e is very much about helping improve people’s lives and developing community support links.”

Connor’s appeal has so far raised just over £1,000. You can see the Justgiving fundraising page here.

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