Goodbye to 2017…..bring on 2018!

As we reach the end of the year we’d like to remind our lovely suporters that you can read a regular report on Mae’s progress on her facebook page.

Mae’s made an enormous effort this year, continuing to show true grit and determination, despite some difficult situations and some challenging therapy. In October Mae reached another milestone, moving from 3 point sticks, to starting out walking with single point forearm crutches. The difference in the feeling of stability for Mae must be huge but, characteristically, she gave it her all….and smiled all the way through it!

2017 Mae

Trying out standing with crutches

Trying out standing with crutches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s just this kind of spirit that has earned Mae a nomination, from one of her lovely Therapists, for the‘Pride of the Isle’ awards. It was heartening to read the nomination and realise that Mae’s progress is clear to others than family. If you’d like to vote for Mae please Text:
MAEF08£1 (no space) to 70070

***PLEASE NOTE*** In the text code it is a ZERO not the letter O

This year your donations have helped to pay for bespoke splints to support Mae’s legs during standing and therapy. We visited the Essex Orthotics Clinic in October, where Mae had to be specially fitted. To our huge surprise the lovely Craig and Leanne customise children’s splints at no additional cost, so our Little Mix fan had no problem in choosing her design! For her tall pair Mae was a little stuck, then made us all chuckle when she settled on ‘me please, with stars and my rainbows’! Here are the finished products – no problems getting her to wear these ones! (Photos to follow!)

This year Mae has attended 3 intensive therapy residential visits, is currently increasing distance with her tripod sticks and is continuing to learn to use (single point) crutches! None of this would be possible without the emotional and financial support of Mae’s many followers. The range of events and persoanl feats ndertaken by our supporters this year has been very impressive – thanks so much to you all! There’s still some way to go, and we are presently raising funds to cover future costs of therapy, which is likely to include hamstring surgery back in USA. You can help by suggesting sponsored events or fundraisers, or donating directly at Mae’s Just Giving page. Huge thanks for ‘supporting Mae every step of the way’.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all good things in 2018,

The Fox Family xxx

Stars In Our Eyes spectacular – at Woodfield Club, Balby

The Woodfield Club, Balby are hosting the ‘Stars In Our Eyes’ Charity roadshow, this Saturday 18th March and this event will be sponsored by William H Brown, Doncaster! All of which is supporting Hope4Mae, providing vital treatment to ensure Mae reaches her optimum level of independence.

We are so thankful for the continued support of so many people, local and farther afield. You can see our current fund raising aims on our Just Giving page. Thank you x

2017 stars in our eyes

Christopher Cooper takes on….THE SAHARA!!

Wow, in around 5 weeks, Mae’s Godfather (Christopher Cooper – the man, the myth, the legend!) will be embarking on his journey to the sands, to take on the gruelling multi-stage adventure through a landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates on the planet – the Sahara Desert! Yes, thats right, the Sahara Desert (because cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End and tackling the Helvellyn Triathlon wasn’t quite challenging enough)….. And it’s all for the love of Mae…

Mae and godfather, Chris

Mae and godfather, Chris

In Chris’ words, “She’s the perfect motivation for sticking to the daily training plan and reason to grin and bear the aching muscles, fatigue and brutal blisters that the race will bring”.

On Saturday 8th April Chris will be standing under a start banner somewhere in the Moroccan Sahara. Ahead of him will be 156 miles of sand dunes, some reaching 1000m in height, desert tracks across challenging terrain, including salt-pans, dried river beds, rocky plains, jebals (the Moroccan word for ‘mountains’) and six days of 50+ degree heat as he takes on the ‘toughest footrace on earth’, the Marathon Des Sables (MDS).

The Marathon des Sables is a 6 day race and there is only one rest day! The distance is 156 miles, with the longest stage being around 55 miles. The French Commissaires provide you with water and flapping leaky tents, but as for the rest, you’re on your own. Self navigating and carrying well over 12 kilos of food and kit is all paart of the deal!

”The MDS is a rare antidote to the oh-so congenial lives that we tend to lead in the West. It is an extreme version of ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ – though with more pain, more heat, more thirst and just that little bit more deprivation.” Bill Coles, Author and Journalist.

So, you’re probably wondering why?

A 1-hour physiotherapy session for Mae costs £60, so it is Chris’ aim to raise funds which will cover Mae’s physio costs for one session per week, for a year, in the knowledge that it will help her immeasurably.

We ask that you give anything you can to support Chris and this great cause. In supporting Chris you are ultimately supporting Mae. Every donation gets Chris another step closer to his goal! Every £1 adds up to supporting Mae in her independence and we are so grateful for your support.

Chris will train, and will finish the race, but it’s your donations that really make the difference – and the difference those donations will make is what this is really about.

Please check out the link below to read more about Christopher’s mission

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coopsinthesahara

Just a reminder…..he’s running in the Desert! With all this! Please donate if you are able. Many thanks x

The kit Chris will carry! Please support his efforts at

The kit Chris will carry! Please support his efforts at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coopsinthesahara