Fundraising, News and Information on Peter's Progress

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring 2015 Update




Peter has just finished a three week block at Footsteps over Easter. He's worked really hard, as usual, and has managed to kneel on one leg by himself holding it for about 5 seconds, which is something he's always struggled to do. He also beat his record and walked 55 steps unaided (before falling over!).

All the work on his kneeling paid off when he went for a surf with his brother and friends on the weekend and he was trying to get up on his body board!

A massive thanks to our friend Gail for raising nearly £400 towards Peter's physio by doing the Vale Ultra Marathon! Thanks Gail!

We've got another session in Footsteps this summer so I'll update his site then.



Saturday, 15 November 2014

£4000 Raised from Thames Path Walk

All the money has now been collected and we raised £4000 from the Thames Path walk in the summer for Peter's physiotherapy at the Footsteps Centre. A massive thank you to SRK Consulting in Cardiff for raising a significant amount of the total!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Thames Path Walk


The Thames Path walk was a success! 73 miles walked, camping along the way! Massive thanks to Nick and Cath for doing the walk with me, couldn't have done it without them. There was a lot of blisters and insect bites along the way! William and Molly May walked the last 9 mile leg with us. Sponsor money is still being collected and it sounds like we might have raised nearly £3000, I'll update when I get the final figure.

Many thanks to all who have sponsored and supported us!

Donations are still coming in, to sponsor you can go to…http://www.justgiving.com/Christian-Ryan1

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Thames Path Walk Preparation


Less than a week to go until the Thames Path walk to raise money for Peter's physio at Footsteps. We've been up there this week camping in the thunderstorms. Good preparation for next week although hopefully minus the thunder and lightning!

Here is Peter having a post physio rest! He's worked really hard, another two weeks of physio to go!

We're up to £700 on Justgiving so just about halfway to our target!

For more info on the walk go to…
http://peterryansprogress.blogspot.co.uk/p/thames-path-walk.html

and to sponsor us go to…
http://www.justgiving.com/Christian-Ryan1

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Dean's Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge


Peter's Uncle Dean along with a group of friends have raised over £1250 towards Peter's physiotherapy by completing the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge last Saturday! Well done to everyone for such a massive effort and a great result.

Peter's physiotherapy at the Footsteps Centre costs £2250 for a three week block of three hours physio a day and, as you can see from the last post, it's made a big difference to his life. Dean and Co have raised over half the costs for this summer's physiotherapy session. That's a very big deal! A big thank you from all of us!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Peter Walking


Walking from Llansannor School on Vimeo.

It's two and a half years since Peter's SDR surgery and since his last session in Footsteps he's been doing really well. This is him walking down the school hall without any sticks! I can't believe what I'm seeing. I thought that things might have reached a bit of a plateau but this is incredible. I wonder where he'll go from here! thanks again to everyone who's been supporting us and all the hard work from Peter's physios and everyone at Footsteps.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Two Years Post SDR


It's now been two years last September since Peter had his SDR surgery in Frenchay Hospital and we've recently been back to Frenchay for his two year assessment. I say recently, this was the end of last September! The time seems to fly!

The report was brilliant and Peter has improved in so many ways. There's no spasticity and his strength has improved hugely allowing him to be more independent and mobile. On a few occasions over the last few months he's taken about fifteen steps unaided!

We went to the gait analysis lab in UWE and could compare his walking pattern. Two years ago he was using his kaye walker and his steps were short and toes pointed with a jerking motion. Now he used his sticks and you could see a more fluid motion, greater stride length and an overall improved gait.

It was great to see and was confirmation that we have done the right thing and the last few years have been worth it. Pete's physiotherapy is ongoing and we have to make sure that he maintains and improves his abilities until he's old enough to take responsibility himself but it feels like the end of a chapter. Peter has worked so hard and should be very proud of what he has achieved and we have so many people who have helped and supported us over the last couple of years. Thank you all very much!!