Sophie’s brother Harry has cerebral palsy, and over the years her family have received advice and support from Scope. To say thanks, Sophie is taking on a exhilarating challenge.
Hi! My name is Sophie Newton and I am almost a quarter of a century old. On 25 February 2017 I am throwing myself (probably ungracefully) out of a plane at 10,000ft to raise money for Scope.
Scope is a charity that is dear to the heart of my family, because of how they supported us when my brother Harry was small. Harry was born prematurely and suffered a starvation of oxygen to his brain. As a result he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Before I organised the Skydive for Scope, I told my parents of my plans and asked them to tell me their memories of Scope. They both laughed as they told me how when Harry was about 4 or 5, Scope sent him for psychological and physical assessments to evaluate his impairment. During the stay, my parents and Harry were having a meal and Harry spasmed and the potato on his fork flew into the air and into someone’s cup of tea! When Harry and I were younger and my parents didn’t have much money, Scope took us on holiday in Bridlington – we had a great time.
Harry is now 26 and uses a wheelchair due to his condition. He has limited movement in his legs and struggles with the everyday tasks which I take for granted. When Harry was young, my parents reached out for advice and support, which Scope provided with willingness and kindness. My parents have fond memories of Scope and the support they gave our family; from arranging psychological and physical assessments for Harry to taking us on a family holiday in Bridlington. Having a personal connection to Scope made it even more special, and what better way to raise money than by doing something hair raising!
Life has been, and is still quite tough for us, Harry and many other families with a disabled parent, child or sibling. Scope provided support and advice during dark days when Harry was young and offer support to countless others.
Fundraising for Scope is a fantastic way for me to show my gratitude and to raise more awareness of the work that Scope does for disabled people and their families.
An accepting and accessible society
Scope champion change so that one day we will live in a society that is accepting and accessible for disabled people. A society which views disabled people as individuals with unique characteristics.
I am excited for this opportunity to aid Scope is doing this and hope I can raise enough to show my gratitude and support of their amazing work.
You can sponsor Sophie’s Skydive on her Do It For Charity page.
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