“I broke 45 blocks to say thank you for keeping my family together”

“I broke 45 blocks to say thank you for keeping my family together”

Fundraiser: Simon

Challenge: Block-breaking

In 2010, my life changed forever when my amazing, beautiful little boy Lucas came into the world. Like every new parent, this was the greatest moment of my life – my own little version of me.

But before we could even begin to celebrate, we were hit with the devastating news that Lucas had been born with Gastroschisis, a condition meaning he was born with his intestines outside of his body. The doctors gave him little chance of survival in the first week.

But our little Lucas defined expectations, fighting through a series of serious and invasive operations. It was an uphill battle, but he’s now nine years old, and as energetic as ever.

For the six months he was in hospital, Ronald McDonald House Camberwell became our ‘home away from home’. The Charity’s generosity meant that, no matter what, we could be by Lucas’ side every step of the way. They created a homely environment for all the families, and the staff gave incredible emotional support – even when they didn’t realise they were doing it.

I hope that anyone reading this will not have to go through the same experience as us, but if anything happens, it’s such a relief to know that there’s Ronald McDonald House Charities UK at specialist hospitals across the UK.

This year, I’ve decided to give back to the Charity in a unique way, putting to use some skills I’ve been practising for many years.

At just four years old, I discovered my love for Taekwondo. It gave me confidence from a young age, and though my training has at times been intensive, it’s also been full of fun and excitement. I belong to Livingwell Taekwondo, and as a group, we have always helped people and causes close to our hearts.

When I asked Master Derek if we could do a fundraising event for the Charity that kept my family together during the hardest time, he, of course, said yes. So, to raise money I set myself a challenge to break 50 four-inch concrete blocks within 15 minutes. We were given a lot of support by the Charity, being sent t-shirts, stickers, posters and all sorts of bits and bobs so we didn’t need to worry.

On 15 June, I broke 45 concrete blocks in just under four minutes raising over £1,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. It was outstanding!

My life in Taekwondo has taught me many things, and now Lucas is old enough and has gotten involved. It’s a wonderful thing we share together and it has taught both of us about confidence, respect and never giving up.

I’m so glad I could use it to raise money for a Charity that helped my family so much.

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