SMILING teen Charlotte Godley is pulling on her hiking boots to help the charity which has ‘given her another life’.
The student is joining mum Alison this Saturday for part of her mammoth walk along Hadrian’s Wall to buy new equipment for disabled children’s cause Fairplay.
Charlotte (18) – who has chromosomal disorder Trisomy 8, causing learning difficulties – has made friends and enjoyed trips since joining the charity’s Bolsover youth group about six years ago.
“We want to help Fairplay because they’ve done a lot for Charlotte,” said nurse Alison, who is in training for the gruelling 168-mile trek, which will last about a week.
“Now we’re doing the walk just to give a bit back to this service which is giving so much to many young people.”
Fairplay offers services, from home-based support to play schemes, for around 400 children with disabilities or learning difficulties across the area.
The Derbyshire Times is backing its appeal to build a unique activity garden where youngsters can play together at its Chesterfield centre.
Charlotte’s dad Chris, of Station Road, Whitwell, is also stepping out - as are other family members.
He said: “We know Fairplay need some new equipment and funds have been cut.
“The charity has been a massive help, I have been really impressed with what they do. What they’ve given to Charlotte is like another life.”
So far £1,200 has been raised for the family’s walk. To boost their bid email GODLEY@godleyc.freeserve.co.uk.
l FAIRPLAY’S garden appeal has been given a massive boost. In total £14,111 towards specially-adapted play equipment has been raised through former Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Keith Morgan’s fundraising events.
The Samaritans was his second civic cause and will receive ten per cent.