Lewis smashes his step challenge target!

August 03, 2018

Each week, since April, Lewis aged 4, has been stepping forward for Dingley’s Promise and raising funds for our West Berkshire Centre.

Lewis was diagnosed at just six months with Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Visual Impairment (Lewis is registered blind) and Microcephaly (a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development).   As a result, Lewis can struggle with his gross motor skills, has limited vision and suffers with seizures.  He has been attending our West Berkshire Centre since he was just under a year old and has made significant progress.

Having recently purchased a ceiling hoist to support children moving around the play room, Lewis has loved his new found freedom.  Not needing to rely on others to move him in a wheelchair or carry him from place to place, the idea of a step challenge was born!

At the end of term party, Lewis took the last steps to his 1km goal, having raised over £1,100 – smashing his target.  Cheered on by Mum, Tara and accompanied by staff and volunteers, Lewis reached the finishing line and awarded with his medal.  In true Olympic fashion, Lewis had a quick bite to check the medal quality!

Abi Preston-Rees, West Berkshire Centre Manager said

“It has been lovely to watch Lewis during his step challenge. He has shown real determination throughout, and the other children have enjoyed joining in with him. He has managed to raise an incredible amount and we are so grateful to him and his family for their support. Watching Lewis learn and develop during his time at Dingley’s Promise has been a pleasure and we wish him all the best as he starts his new adventures at big school”.

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