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Sheryne Shillingford-Reed

Royal Parks Half Marathon

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Those of you that know me will already know that I am a mad women who runs for kicks. I started running for medals (lets be honest about that - no medal, no run!) back in 2007, and yes, yes I am way not old enough... I run because I was told I never would after a bad break in my ankle and I am just about belligerent enough to prove that doctor wrong! Anyhow, I caught the bug and now I am as hooked as I can be. [/p][p]So that why I am running, I am running for the National Autistic Society because I have been aware of NAS for decades with family members being diagnosed on the spectrum and more recently after my son was diagnosed at just two years old. I'll never forget the multi discipline meeting a year later where I was told my son wasn't just "different" as I put it, but had a "disorder" that needed treating, and to hear from his school in the same meeting that it made them "very uncomfortable" to have to make adjustments for him, but they appreciated it would make him more uncomfortable to leave the only school had known and loved for more than half his life. NAS were there for me then, I talked through the battle I was having with his school and they supported me in outlining what my son needed and trying to ensure the support plans they put together for him had SMART objective he could actually achieve. Whilst I geared up for a fight, they helped me to look at the situation from another perspective, I could go to war with his school to get the best for him or I could find a school that wanted the best for him and help him transition to the new environment, which would be difficult for both PJ and me. I made the right choice and his new school is exactly what he needs and he is very happy there.[/p][p]So this year I am fundraising to show my appreciation and to give thanks to those who helped a wary, sleep deprived mother do what was best for her child, in the way that was best for him. Phoenix Jai has come along in leaps and bounds from a child who would not speak at two, to a child who loves to talk! He has his quirks that will probably stay with him forever; he won't go into the local Tesco and we can't travel on trains without ear defenders and sunglasses, but he is happy, he is growing and he is learning! Thankfully, I am learning too and our journey is getting easier day by day.[/p]
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Oct 13, 2018

Afrah Sandra Townsend-Shillingford

Hope all goes well - small donation but I know every little counts x