To the moon & back
for Austin

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Hurrah! We reached our target to the moon and back for Austin. Thank you for your generous, heartfelt support. Look below at your achievements
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Thank you for all your kind support – we have now reached our target!
If you would like to help us raise money further for others or for the www.musculardystrophyuk.org by doing a sponsored event you can download a Sponsor form.
Check back regularly to see our progress and take a look at our upcoming events!

Austin and Esther with their friends Lucy and Millie Burke. Lucy and Millie have raised over £400 between them doing a sponsored swim!
Austin and Esther with their friends Lucy and Millie Burke. Lucy and Millie have raised over £400 between them doing a sponsored swim!

Austin Atkinson, now 10 years old was diagnosed with a rare form of the muscle wasting disease ‘Muscular Dystrophy’ just before his 2nd birthday.   There are currently no cures or treatments.

Austin is a bright, bubbly little boy who wins the hearts of everyone he meets.  He has never complained that he can’t run around with his friends and has learnt at his young age to be positive about the things he can do.  It was when Austin recently trialled a sports wheelchair that his family saw the new lease of life it gave him.  “He was like a different boy speeding across the sports hall and we could immediately see how much easier it made it for him to join in”.

Austin’s proudly showing off his fantastic new wheelchair.  He can now speed around anywhere, easily with his little sister and his friends.
Austin’s proudly showing off his fantastic new wheelchair. He can now speed around anywhere, easily with his little sister and his friends.
Austin riding his new trike. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support, thank you!
Austin riding his new trike. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support, thank you!

The latest piece of equipment we have bought thanks to the supporters of this campaign is the new trike (pictured above). This trike is brilliant as Austin can ride it on his own, and it can also be attached to other bikes for family bike rides.

We have now raised a further £2000 for a Wellness unit for Austin that helps to promote healthy organs will help to stimulate cells.

Thank you so much for all your kind support.  It will be cherished long in our memories.

Love from Richard, Gill, Austin and Esther Atkinson.

Austin riding his new trike attached to his daddy Richard
Austin riding his new trike attached to his daddy Richard

Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved in our fundraising, or donated to buy Austin his life changing gifts!

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PhysCap, a Leeds based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities within the Yorkshire area, have funded Austin’s  new car seat for £750.00!
Life for a Kid Foundation A charity supporting children who require life changing operations and equipment to lead a better life, they have donated a huge £1000! More information can be found here.
Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft donated £250.00
Richard Atkinson raised £170, Ian Moore raised £150, Pete Clough raised £50, Lewis Samardzija raised £140 and Sue Mathur raised £171 doing the Tough Mudder Challenge. Many thanks to all the staff at Accomplish Health and Fitness!
Kath Knight raised a huge £903.00 by completing the Great North Swim
Thomas Knight raised a fantastic £54.00 by doing a sponsored swim.
Lucy and Millie have raised over £400 by doing a sponsored swim
Matthew Bestley who raised £30.00 by doing a sponsored swim

Esther Atkinson raised a huge £519!
Esther Atkinson raised a huge £519!

Jo, Jasmine and Gill £400.00 from hosting a Vintage Tea Room
Mary, Mikala and Isabelle who did the Leeds 10k run and raised £270.00
Samantha Brain from Walton Hall who raised £60.00 by doing a sponsored swim
Teachers at West Bretton school who did a sponsored run and raised £50.
Esther Atkinson completed her sponsored swim to raise money for her big brother Austin and managed to do a massive 33 lengths rather than the 30 she pledged, and raised a huge £519. Well done Esther!