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Dan & Anna take on South Downs Way for ‘My AFK’

Posted on: 04/08/2020

KFA Connect’s Test Analyst, Dan Hammond and his wife Anna, are tackling the 100-mile South Downs Way route this September.

They will be walking (and wheeling) with their Barbet assistance dog, Bramble to fundraise for ‘my AFK’.

Anna is living with Friedreich’s Ataxia which is a rare genetic condition affecting her balance, coordination and speech. The condition usually results in the individual being confined to a wheelchair within 10-20 years of the first symptoms appearing.

However, Anna is an active person and as a young adult found she was being held back by a standard wheelchair, which is when she received the support from ‘my AFK’, who provided her first ‘off-road’ wheelchair – allowing her more freedom to do the things she wanted to do!

She has benefited greatly from the support of my AFK, (formerly Action For Children) – without their support, she would have been restricted and the activities she was able to do, greatly reduced.

‘my AFK’ helps disabled children and young people to live independent and fulfilling lives.

The charity provides specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to their 25th birthday, across the UK.

They also help disabled young people aged 19+ to develop important life and work skills so they can live more independently and move into paid employment.

“Anna & I (and the dog) will be attempting to walk the whole of the South Downs Way. ‘my AFK’ gave Anna her first powered all-terrain wheelchair when she was younger and opened up her world and life in general.”

“Hopefully by raising some money for the charity they can continue to provide mobility equipment to kids & young people, to ensure they are not restricted by their disability and can have access to all the things we sometimes take for granted.”

Anything that Dan and Anna’s supporters can donate to help will be greatly appreciated and it will also help motivate them to complete the mammoth 100-mile challenge!

For more information or to support them click here.

0800 167 0844

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