LOOK: Fund-raisers brave the elements at annual Pancake Race - The Rugby Observer

LOOK: Fund-raisers brave the elements at annual Pancake Race

Rugby Editorial 26th Feb, 2020 Updated: 27th Feb, 2020   0

FLIPPING courageous souls braved the elements in the town centre to help a local lad who has muscular dystrophy.

Fundraisers in fancy dress took part in Rugby Rokeby Lions’ annual Pancake Race to raise money to buy Tommy Lloyd, 14, a rise-and-recliner chair to help him sit down and get up.

Tommy’s mum Hayley said: “Tommy now struggles to get off the sofa at home as the muscles in his legs are weakening. The only way he can get up is to pull himself up by using the wall and radiator.

“A specialist rise-and-recliner chair would be brilliant as it would get him from a seating to a standing position mechanically. He wouldn’t have to struggle.”

Overall race winner Rhiannon Jones of Wellingtons Day Nursery received the Pancake Trophy, and the nursery will keep the coveted Pancake Shield for one year.

Second place went to her colleague Alice Old.

In recent years the race has raised funds for a mobility chair for a young girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who was born without eyes, a wooden gazebo for learning disability charity New Directions’ Sensory Garden, and the hiring of a soft play centre for Rugby Autistic Network’s children.

Visit http://gf.me/u/xihp3d to donate to this year’s cause.


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