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Lucinda Borer

Royal Parks Half Marathon

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Target £0.00

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My story

[p][img]040bbafd-2f6c-4f6d-a5fa-f362ae3552b1.JPG[/img][/p][p]Monday 15th Oct, 2018[/p][p]And so the race is run and I did it in 2hrs 20 which is a total miracle. I really struggled, for various reasons, all the way round yesterday. [/p][p]THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. I HAVE THANKED EVERYONE I KNOW, PERSONALLY,( AND EVEN THANKED THE WRONG SUE, ROS, JANET AND JUDI'S BY MISTAKE, AS NO SECOND NAMES WITH DONATION!) ALL YOU ANONYMOUS ONES AND FIRST NAMES ONLY I AM SO GRATEFUL WHOEVER YOU ARE. THE FAMILIES WE GIVE THIS MONEY TO WILL BE SO HAPPY AND YOUR KINDNESS, WHICH MEANS SO MUCH TO ME, WILL MEAN EVEN MORE TO THEM. MUCH LOVE LXX[/p][p][br][/p][p]Tuesday 9 Oct, 2018[/p][p]‘[b]Sometimes Lucinda, I wake up in the middle of the night feeling low and then I think of you and I realise my life isn’t so bad after all.’ [/b][/p][p][b]‘You must have done something awful in a previous life.’[/b][/p][p][b]‘God only gives you what you can handle.’[/b][/p][p][b]“You’re just so lucky that you’re one of life’s copers.”[/b][/p][p][b]‘If you knew what was around the corner, you’d never get up in the[/b] [b]morning would you?”[/b] [/p][p]I struggle to identify the worst comment from an endless list of comments made to us over the fifteen years since my autistic child's diagnosis. I do, however, remember the BEST...[/p][p][b]'IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL KEEP GOING.' attrib. Winston Churchill[/b][/p][p][b] [/b]I recently came across an old photo of me dying with laughter (see below) - taken only four years before my autistic son was born. I am blissfully unaware of what is to come for our family… Lost careers, the friends that melted away, the fabulous ones that stayed, accidents, police, ambulance, devastated siblings, moving house with only a week’s notice desperate to find another special school, taking the Local Authority to court not once but twice to get what my child was entitled to... (another endless list).[/p][p][b]WE KEPT GOING. AND I WILL KEEP GOING ON SUNDAY SO THAT OTHER FAMILIES CAN. [/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]30th September, 2018[/p][p]BELOW ARE A FEW 'TRAINING' PHOTOS OF ME DOING MY LAST BIG RUN (2hrs 20m) in wild Co. Donegal AT THE WKEND. So many thanks for your support so far...only 2 weeks to go.[/p][p][br][/p][p]2nd September, 2018[/p][p]Across the country many autistic families are struggling as the extreme financial cuts in social care and education bite hard. Children and young people are not even getting the education the State is obliged to provide by law without a fight. Parents are often so worn-down by the day-to-day caring of their autistic children that they cannot fight a fight that often ends up in court.[/p][p]I am five weeks into my training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon and every time I leave the house to go running, I always think how lucky I am to be even outside! Only a few short years ago I could not leave the house with my autistic son and his younger siblings. His behaviours had become so challenging due to his acute distress in the wrong school, I could not keep him safe outside the house. My child is in a very different place now thanks to our wonderful friend Felicity Ellacombe who founded 'The Fred Foundation' ten years ago. He is now very happy in his current placement. The dread about what we do in a few years time when this placement ends is never far from our thoughts, but I know we are, for the moment at least, in a better place than many families.[/p][p]A donation given to www.thefredfoundation.org enables a young person with profound autism to fulfil their potential as the charity acts as a financial bridge, supporting struggling families to fund education programmes. The positive outcomes from these programmes - when everything else has failed - then legally forces the state to take over the funding. [/p][p]Crucially, a donation can also be the difference between whether the parents of that child stay together or split up. It is estimated that as many as 80% of partnerships where a child is born with autism will break down - such is the pressure on parent carers of autistic children. The lack of support also directly impacts siblings and can cause them acute mental health problems for the rest of their lives. So, by helping The Fred Foundation you not only help autistic children but also whole families.[/p][p]As I run I will be thinking of this beautiful young man below and the parents of other autistic children for whom the fight for the right educational support never ends. Please give something if you can and help families stay together.[/p][p]http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fredfoundation [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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24-Oct-2018

MA

Luc - You are an amazing lady - keep you the great work you do! Well done x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

22-Oct-2018

Anonymous

17-Oct-2018

Anonymous

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

15-Oct-2018

Charlotte

Hi Lucinda Sorry I didn't see this till now but congratulations on getting through it when things were tough. See you soon!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

15-Oct-2018

Jan and Mike

Well done! x

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

15-Oct-2018

Anonymous

Hi Lucy. You will have already done your run. Sure it was a roaring success. Love Lu ( Irina’s friend)

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

14-Oct-2018

Linda Webb

Well done Lucinda !

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

14-Oct-2018

Darryll

For darling Fred, Love from Nick’s Nack’s X

£20.00

14-Oct-2018

Ros and Richard

Thinking of you today

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

14-Oct-2018

Sue N

Well done Lucinda!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid