Helen Williams

Helen Williams

21,000 steps for 21 days


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][img][/img]My name is Helen Williams. I’m 41 years old. I have Down’s Syndrome and Autism. I live in Bowdon with my sister Felicity, my brother-in-law Simon, my nieces Grace, Bethan, Eve and Poppy, Cassie the puppy, our three cats and our chickens. I'm a fan of Take That, The Beatles and George Michael, and Manchester United![/p][p]My friend David, who also has Down's Syndrome, has Coronavirus and is on a ventilator in intensive care. I want to say thank you to the NHS for looking after him and raise awareness for people with learning disabilities. [/p][p]I’m going to walk 21,000 steps per day for the next 21 days of the lockdown and fundraise for NHS Charities Together. You can sponsor me for as little as £1 and leave me a message. I love reading your messages each day. I have more photos and videos on[url=https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100050141147655&tsid=0.31446694686637966&source=result] my Facebook page[/url]. I would love it if you could share my rainbows and my story on social media.[/p][p]Stay safe and stay well.[/p][p]Love from Helen Williams xxx[/p][p]PS My story is now on Altrincham Today's website! [url=http://altrincham.today/2020/04/22/news/woman-downs-syndrome-walking-21000-steps-21-lockdown-days-bowdon-raise-money-nhs/]http://altrincham.today/2020/04/22/news/woman-downs-syndrome-walking-21000-steps-21-lockdown-days-bowdon-raise-money-nhs/[/url][/p][p]And the Manchester Evening News website![/p][p][url=https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/woman-autism-downs-syndrome-who-18177526]https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/woman-autism-downs-syndrome-who-18177526[/url][/p][p]And the Down’s Syndrome Association website![/p][p][url=https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/news/the-power-of-fundraising/#Helen]https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/news/the-power-of-fundraising/#Helen[/url][/p][p]My sister Felicity also spoke for me on Sunday 3rd May on “Make A Difference” on BBC Radio Manchester and talked more on the Breakfast show on Monday 4th May![/p][p]You can hear the broadcast via the BBC Sounds App[/p][p]————————————————————[/p][p]Each day I'm dedicating my small steps to someone or something I care about. All donations go to NHS Charities Together.[/p][p][u]Day 1[/u] - 17/04/20. For [b]David and the NHS staff at Yeovil Hospital[/b]. Get well soon David! Today I’m walking to Billy Ocean “When the going gets tough”.[/p][p]Small steps 21,921[/p][p][u]Day 2 [/u]- 18/04/20. For my [b]Mum[/b] who I love and miss so much. I’m walking to ABBA “Gimme Gimme Gimme (A man after midnight)” for you Mum and for everyone missing their mums during the lockdown xx[/p][p]Small steps 22,016[/p][p][u]Day 3[/u] - 19/04/20. For my amazing Godmother and my mum’s best friend Mary Harvey who sadly died from breast cancer in 2018. Today would have been her birthday. Take That “Rule the world” is for [b]Mary and for all those with cancer at this time.[/b][/p][p]Small steps 23,508[/p][p][u]Day 4[/u] - 20/04/20. For Simon, my fabulous brother-in-law, who is a headteacher. Simon should have been back at work today for the first day after the Easter break but instead has been working over the holidays. Pink Floyd “Another brick in the wall” is my choice for [b]Simon and all of the staff at St Mary’s Primary School[/b].[/p][p]Small steps 21,401[/p][p][u]Day 5[/u] - 21/04/20. I would usually be at my horse riding lesson today so my steps are for all the staff at [b]Mid Cheshire RDA[/b] today and my favourite horses Ted and Link. I’m trotting 21,000 steps to George Michael “Faith”.[/p][p]Small steps 21,786[/p][p][u]Day 6[/u] - 22/04/20. For my [b]Granny Joan[/b] who is 94 and has been unable to have visitors for weeks. For all of the staff at [b]Stratford Bentley Nursing Home[/b] I want to say thank you for looking after my Granny. I've picked Vera Lynn "We'll meet again" to walk to for you all.[/p][p]Small steps 21,233[/p][p][u]Day 7[/u] - 23/04/20. My wonderful nieces are missing their friends at school. I'm dedicating today to everyone at [b]St Vincent's Primary School[/b] and the girls have picked "This Little Light of Mine" for their friends, their teachers and all the staff at the school.[/p][p]Small steps 23, 903[/p][p][u]Day 8[/u] - 24/04/20. I love Fridays at [b]The Pavilion Project.[/b] I am missing all of my day services. Today I'm having a boogie to S Club 7 "Reach" for my friends at Pavilion and for The Robinsons. I miss you all so much![/p][p]Small steps 21,806[/p][p][u]Day 9[/u] - 25/04/20. Friary Farm in Blakeney, Norfolk is my favourite place for a holiday. My holiday at Easter was cancelled due to the outbreak. For everyone at [b]Friary Farm[/b], I'm walking to the wonderful Cliff Richard "Summer Holiday". [/p][p]Small steps 21,720[/p][p][u]Day 10[/u] - 26/04/20. My nieces' [b]Great Gran Rene[/b] lives alone. Today I'm walking for Rene and for everyone who's at home alone during the lockdown. The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" will be playing today for you Rene and I hope you like the song x[/p][p]Small steps 21,735[/p][p][u]Day 11[/u] - 27/04/20. Mine and Felicity's oldest friend [b]Caomha[/b] is a physiotherapist and volunteered to be part of the[b] Community Coronavirus Testing Team[/b] during the outbreak. Dolly Parton "9 to 5" is for you and the team Caomha. I think you're amazing![/p][p]Small steps 21,723[/p][p][u]Day 12[/u] - 28/04/20. Singing makes me happy. Little Belters have kept me and The Blains singing each day. For Claire, Tina and all of the [b]Little Belters[/b], I'll be singing your version of The Stone Roses "I am the Resurrection" that you dedicated to the NHS.[/p][p]Small steps 22,343[/p][p][u]Day 13[/u] - 29/04/20. Poppy's childminder [b]Cathy[/b] is a very special person and like a second Mum to Poppy. Even though you're a Manchester City fan Cathy, today is for you for having Poppy so Simon and Felicity can work as keyworkers. I might be wearing red but I'll be walking to "Blue Moon" for you.[/p][p]Small steps 22,285[/p][p][u]Day 14[/u] - 30/04/20. My amazing [b]Auntie Teresa [/b]has been a volunteer at Oxfam in Palmers Green on a Thursday for over 30 years and I love going with her to help when I visit. For Teresa and everyone at [b]Oxfam[/b] I'm walking to Bill Withers "Lovely Day".[/p][p]Small steps 21,091[/p][p][u]Day 15[/u] - 01/05/20. Cassie our gorgeous chocolate labrador puppy joined our family in February and has brought so much joy to me during the lockdown. Cassie makes me feel happy. For [b]Andrew Preston at Steady Paws and Autism Dogs[/b] today is for you. My nieces have picked Baha Men "Who let the dogs out".[/p][p]Small steps 23,990[/p][p][u]Day 16[/u] - 02/05/20. [b]Uncle Harold[/b] is working really hard as a volunteer at [b]Barnet Food Bank[/b]. I know so many people need the help at this time. Thank you Big H and everyone at the food bank. Electric Light Orchestra "All over the world" is my choice today.[/p][p]Small steps 21,404[/p][p][u]Day 17[/u] - 03/05/20. To [b]my best friend Jean[/b]. I miss you so so much. I really cannot wait to see you again. A song from one of of the world's best bands is for you! The Beatles "With a little help from my friends".[/p][p]Small steps 21,593[/p][p][u]Day 18[/u] - 04/05/20. On a Monday my wonderful [b]Dad[/b] would normally drive the minibus as a volunteer for [b]The Chipping Barnet Day Centre[/b]. I love helping when I visit. Today I'll be thinking about my Dad and Alfie his dog who I miss very much. Wham! "Wake me up before you go-go" is for my Dad and the day centre.[/p][p]Small steps 23,580[/p][p][u]Day 19[/u] - 05/05/20. Felicity is a GP and will be working hard in the Out of Hours tonight. Today is for [b]Felicity[/b] and [b]everyone at Primary Care 24[/b]. I'll be walking to Gerry & The Pacemakers "You'll never walk alone" for you all.[/p][p]Small steps 22,999[/p][p][u]Day 20[/u] - 06/05/20. Today is for [b]everyone with Down's Syndrome and learning disabilities[/b] during lockdown. Today I'll be power walking with pride for the [b]Down's Syndrome Association[/b]. I was supposed to be walking to Elton John "I'm still standing" but a woman called Rachel Howell, who I don't know, kindly donated and mentioned a song that I've now chosen instead, as it's a glorious day and I really do feel like I'm "Walking on Sunshine" so Katrina & The Waves it is! Thank you Rachel.[/p][p]Small steps 25,646[/p][p][u]Day 21[/u] - 07/05/20. I want to thank [b]everyone who has shared my story and donated to NHS Charities Together [/b]over the last 21 days. One of the greatest songs from the greatest bands ever is for you all. Take That "Greatest Day" is the perfect song for the final day of my Small Steps challenge.[/p][p]Small Steps 25,881[/p][p]————————————————————[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

07 May 2020


Aug 2, 2020


Hi Helen, this donation comes from Velma a family friend from St Catherine's days


Aug 2, 2020


Well done Helen, from Velma, a family friend from At Catherine's


Jul 22, 2020

Dee OConnor

Hello Helen ,thank you for sending me your rainbow poster and message.It was so lovely to hear from you.Congratulations on all the money you have raised for the NHS.You should be very proud of what you have achieved. Love from Dee Xxx


plus £5.25 Gift Aid

May 29, 2020

Christine McGann

Well done Helen! Very proud of you and look forward to seeing you in the salon really soon for our lovely chats. Christine x


May 26, 2020


Hi Helen, 3 of the lovely volunteers at the Chipping Barnet Day Centre gave me this donation and thanked you for remembering the Day Centre on your walk. It's incredible that so many kind people supported you. Once again, well done!! Lots of love Dad xxx


May 20, 2020


Hi Helen, it's such a lovely day and you have raised nearly £6,500 so I decided to make this donation to tidy up the total. We'll done - you walked nearly 200 miles in your 21 days of walking and fundraising for the NHS charities, an amazing achievement!


plus £2.18 Gift Aid

May 18, 2020

Lynne Lucas

Well Done Helen! Great Achievement. Love Lynne (Pavilion)


May 15, 2020


To Helen. Well done. From Pat


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 12, 2020

JW Altrincham

A fantastic achievement Helen well done. Xxxx


plus £3.94 Gift Aid

May 11, 2020

Catherine Armstrong

Hi Helen , congratulations on completing your 21 days of 21000 steps - it’s been truly inspirational for us all . I hope you enjoy the much deserved fame and can now relax , lots of love Catherine , Caitlin Armstrong’s Mum .


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

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