Becci’s son Lucas is a regular visitor at The Donna Louise, here she tells us why she’s so thankful for your support and what The Donna Louise means to them.

“Up until the age of 14 months Lucas was enjoying life and developing like any other child his age. That was until the 8th July 2013 when he stopped breathing due to a three hour epileptic seizure and had to be ventilated.

“It was at this stage of Lucas' life we started to realise exactly how difficult things could get. Currently, Lucas cannot communicate or walk independently and needs constant care and supervision. Imagine for a moment your child not being able to talk to you, to tell you when they are hungry, thirsty, tired or in pain, and so you have to guess what is wrong. We appreciate every noise that he makes, every smile melts our heart and every laugh makes us proud.

“The Donna Louise is a big part of our life and helps our precious little boy to develop his skills and grow with happiness it’s a real lifeline! That’s why we really wanted to take part in the Family Fun Run last year - to give a little bit back to this fantastic place. Four of us took part - me, my best friend, Lucas and his little sister Cassie. It was really hard going, especially as we had to push the wheelchair and pushchair, but the motivation to support the Hospice spurred us on.

“Crossing the finish line was just amazing, especially when Lucas walked across the line. We’d pushed him in his wheelchair most of the way but he was able to walk the last little bit and to see his face and hear everyone cheering for him was so magical. He was grinning from ear to ear and whenever I look at the pictures they just melt my heart.

“This year we’re planning to tackle the 10k. It might seem crazy as I don’t have the time or opportunity to train, but you don’t have to be part of a running club or be super fit to take part. It’s not about finishing first or last, it’s about taking part and supporting this fantastic cause.”

Becci’s son Lucas is a regular visitor at The Donna Louise, here she tells us why she’s so thankful for your support and what The Donna Louise means to them.

“Up until the age of 14 months Lucas was enjoying life and developing like any other child his age. That was until the 8th July 2013 when he stopped breathing due to a three hour epileptic seizure and had to be ventilated.



“It was at this stage of Lucas' life we started to realise exactly how difficult things could get. Currently, Lucas cannot communicate or walk independently and needs constant care and supervision. Imagine for a moment your child not being able to talk to you, to tell you when they are hungry, thirsty, tired or in pain, and so you have to guess what is wrong. We appreciate every noise that he makes, every smile melts our heart and every laugh makes us proud.

“The Donna Louise is a big part of our life and helps our precious little boy to develop his skills and grow with happiness it’s a real lifeline! That’s why we really wanted to take part in the Family Fun Run last year - to give a little bit back to this fantastic place. Four of us took part - me, my best friend, Lucas and his little sister Cassie. It was really hard going, especially as we had to push the wheelchair and pushchair, but the motivation to support the Hospice spurred us on.

“Crossing the finish line was just amazing, especially when Lucas walked across the line. We’d pushed him in his wheelchair most of the way but he was able to walk the last little bit and to see his face and hear everyone cheering for him was so magical. He was grinning from ear to ear and whenever I look at the pictures they just melt my heart.

“This year we’re planning to tackle the 10k. It might seem crazy as I don’t have the time or opportunity to train, but you don’t have to be part of a running club or be super fit to take part. It’s not about finishing first or last, it’s about taking part and supporting this fantastic cause.”