Meet David, proud Dad to Ella, aged 6
David from Bournville is Dad to Ella, aged 6. She’s been going to NICE, a charity that focuses on movement disorders in Birmingham since she was 3 ½ having lost the ability to walk and even talk.
"When Ella was born everything was normal with the birth and there were no indications of any issues. Ella developed well in her first 18 months and was hitting all her milestones/targets however it was at this point that a few things started to happen. Ella seemed to fall reasonably frequently when cruising/toddling and would sometimes flop forward when sitting and bump her head.
It is hard to explain what happened over this time. Ella had slowly progressed from being an eighteen month old, meeting her physical and developmental milestones, such as walking and developing age-appropriate speech, to no longer walking, having a lack of coordination and no longer talking or producing clear words. She had even stopped being able to say “Mammy” and “Daddy”.
Whilst I was aware ‘things were not right’ prior to Ella’s diagnosis I was totally unprepared to hear that she had a life-long neurological condition. "
Thanks to the amazing work they do Ella can now take steps and is achieving more than her parents could have thought possible just a few years back.
David is doing Heart’s Strive to the Summits to ensure NICE can continue the incredible work they are doing for his family and others.
Heart's Strive To The Summits
A Team of Truly Inspirational People Took On 3 of Britain’s Biggest Mountains, powered by Virgin Care Private
We took our fundraising to new heights as Heart Breakfast’s Ed James accompanied a team of truly inspirational people to the top of 3 of Britain’s biggest mountains... Snowdon, Scafell Pike and the ultimate peak.. Ben Nevis. Check out the highlights below
On Tuesday 2nd October the team tackled the Welsh monster that is Snowdon, at a staggering height of 3,500 feet. The conditions were awful and the journey took much longer than they anticipated. They then headed to northern England to take on another 3,000 feet with Scafell Pike. It's known for its tricky navigation and tough terrain but there was no predicting the weather the team encountered. The team were delayed for hours as there was a visibility. This meant the team didn't arrive in Scotland until midnight. With little sleep, Team Ed then took on the biggest of the 3… Ben Nevis, Scotland. The 4,400 ft beast is famous for its turbulent wind and storms, and we’re not just talking coat weather!
The team represented just a few of the incredible small charities Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting in 2018. It was an incredibly emotive yet uplifting journey. One of the incredible individuals who came along was Joshua from The Joshua Tree, he told us why your donations mean so much to small charities...
This was the moment the team reached the top of Ben Nevis and Facetimed Matt...
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