We’re both delighted and very proud that our parts manager, Brendan Foster, has managed to raise over £3,000 in just a few months for the charity Caudwell Children. After his young daughter Alexis was diagnosed with a lifelong illness and his family received help from Caudwell Children, he decided he wanted to give something back by raising as much money as possible for them. A mixture of a sponsored bike ride, work in supermarkets, a charity event where businesses donated money to have a stall, cake sales and a feature in local paper The Sentinel helped him to raise £3,729.99
Alexis has a condition which is so very rare that it took years to be diagnosed. Brendan and his partner Kerry are facing up to the fact that their adorable five-year-old will never be able to lead a normal life with her condition, Albrights Hereditary Osteodystrophy. However the support of Caudwell Children helps the family stay positive. Children with Albrights suffer from a range of issues such as problems with her bones, weight gain and learning difficulties. The syndrome also means Alexis could start puberty at any point.
Parts Manager Brendan said, “It’s been hard and you can’t help but worry. I am bracing myself for the worst, she’s my little baby. When you see she can’t do things it makes you weep.”
His partner Kerry explained, “Alexis has had the condition since she was born but the symptoms started three years ago. It has been awful because it is so rare but the worst is yet to come. Her mobility is becoming limited, she is also changing feature-wise. Her school work will be affected, along with her mental state. She doesn’t understand. We just tell her she is not well and we’re looking after her.”
Brendan is now planning to jump out of a plane to raise more cash for the charity’s Destination Dreams programme which sends 25 poorly children on a fully supported holiday to Disney World, Florida. “We’ve already smashed our £3,000 target in just a few months so it’s quite exciting to think how far we could go if we keep trying. I don’t have a total target in mind for the money; I just want to generate as much as possible for the charity because they’re helping us so much. Alexis has now received her wheelchair, with pink paint as she wanted, and we’re getting used to using it. We’ll keep on fundraising and trying to make a difference,”
In addition to this, he’ll be joining in on a football match this Sunday in aid of Caudwell Children and he’ll be playing against Signal 1 radio presenters. Helping him will be the After Sales Manager from Lexus Stoke, another dealership in our group. For anyone interested in attending, it’s being held at Newcastle Town Football Club at 2pm and entry is £3. All money donated to Caudwell Children.
Want to make a donation? Anything you could give will be highly appreciated by Brendan’s family and Caudwell Children. Simply click the Just Giving link and follow the instructions to donate.