Mum’s ramble for disability support centre

Jessica with dad Chris
Jessica with dad Chris

A mum is taking on a ramble to raise money for a charity that helps her daughter.

Michelle Atkins from Moss Bank, St Helens, is organising a team of Jessica’s Jesters to take part in the 7th Annual Rainbow House Ramble on Saturday, April 23.

With jester themed costumes, the team will be amongst hundreds of people participating in this great event which combines fun and keeping fit with raising much needed funds for Rainbow House.

Michelle’s four-year-old daughter Jessica attends conductive education at the centre in Mawdesley after she sustained a significant brain injury during birth.

At the time, Michelle and Jessica’s dad Chris were given a heartbreaking list of the things that she would never be able to do but as time passed they knew she was a fighter and had potential.

The conductive education programme at Rainbow House has helped Jessica to develop and do things that they never thought she would.

Her head control improved within weeks and she can now bear her own weight and stand with little support.

Michelle said: “we are so proud of Jessica and all she is achieving. Many people will not know about Rainbow House or conductive education but there are some amazing stories about the positive effect of the programme.

“Not only has it changed Jessica’s life but it is an important place for parents with so many friendships being forged that will last a lifetime.

“The charity is entirely self funded and we hope that lots more people will join the Ramble and help us raise awareness and much needed funds.”

The Ramble will start and finish at Bishop Rawstorne High School in Croston and participants can choose 5, 11 or 18 mile routes through the Lancashire countryside.

Fancy dress is encouraged and there is likely to be everything from butterflies and bumblebees to a man who has promised to wear a tutu if he reaches his sponsorship target.

Rainbow House mascots Libby Lou and Drew will also be at the start to join in the fun.

The registration fee is £15 for adults and £5 for children under 18 and all participants are asked to raise sponsorship and receive a pack including a t shirt, sponsorship forms and training tips.

To enter, call 01704 823276 or enter online at thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com or email fundraising@thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com.

The event is supported by Goldseal Tradeline, Trust Inns, ViewSonic and Morrow Brothers Ltd.

Marshalls along the route and first aid cover will be provided by Ultrasec, Chorley and a warm up session will be run by Rachel Bryan from Fitbop who also ran a training session recently for some of the participants.

Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said “the response to the annual Ramble is fantastic.

“There are too many people who provide support to name them all but we thank each and every one who works so hard to make this event possible and supports us with food, drinks, gifts and their time.”