Katie has severe physical disabilities and is visually impaired, but still completed the massive challenge of cycling around Exeter’s Roman city wall. Katie’s carer Aubone, who has worked with her for over 25 years, acted as her ‘sighted guide’, supporting her on foot.
“I know that raising money for this charity is something that Katie feels passionately about. She wanted to give something back after receiving so much support from Dream-A-Way”. – Aubone, Katie’s sighted guide.
Mascot and friends
Many of Katie’s friends supported her by sponsoring and walking alongside her for the challenge. These included friends from Budlake, the nearby Guinness supported living home that Katie has lived in for 25 years.
To show support for Katie’s commitment to raising money for a charity that has helped her and so many others, Guinness Care also donated to Dream-A-Way so they can continue to make a real difference in the lives of people living with physical disabilities or visual impairment throughout Devon.
“It’s been incredible to watch Katie achieve such a difficult challenge to raise money for a charity that means so much to her. Everyone at Budlake is behind her and we’re so proud to be here, cheering her on and helping to collect even more donations from the public, who have all been so generous.” – Katrina, Guinness Care
Katie was also supported by a number of local businesses for whom Katie is a familiar face, including a classic car club and a local taxi firm which has been helping Katie get around since she was at school. The taxi firm even brought their own mascot along for support – Guinness the dog!
Why Dream-A-Way is so important to Katie
Dream-A-Way is an Exeter based charity helping to make ‘dreams come true’ for local children and adults with disabilities or life-affecting health conditions. They provide grants towards holidays and fun days out so their guests can enjoy a much needed break from the stresses and strains of life. Celebrating its 25th year, the charity is run entirely by volunteers, which ensures even more help for local people. Over 15,000 people have benefited since they launched, including families, individuals and groups of all ages.
“I have known Katie for many years and she is always a pleasure to take on our trips. Dream-A-Way are really proud and honoured that she has chosen to raise much needed funds for us in this unique way” – Jeff Merrett MBE, Chair of Dream-A-Way
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