Rob Wilshere says: I have been very fortunate to be offered a Ballot place on this year’s 2014 London Marathon. This means I have the opportunity to choose which charity I can help donate to. As a Father of 4 young boys and budding athletes, I thought it would be a good idea to lead by example to them and by helping other children who may not be as fortunate as my own boys. A close colleague of mine used the specialist help provided by Small Steps for his son and the help and support has proved vital in Sam’s development and wellbeing as well as providing much needed help and support to his family.
Jon Marchese (Uncle to Small Stepper Joe) says: “For the past 18 months, my nephew has attended Small Steps. He will be 3 in January. Children up to the age of 4 attend small group sessions once a week with a parent or carer designed to help them achieve their next developmental steps. This may be learning new physical skills or helping them to develop social, communication and sensory skills. With Small Steps’ support, loving and devoted mums and dads and their own determination, these little boys and girls can start to enjoy exploring a world which we take for granted. Small Steps is a free service to Children in the London area and is solely dependent on grants, donations and fund raising in order to operate.
For both myself and Mo Farah, this will be our first marathons. I can’t commit to wearing an orvil outfit, carrying a fridge or tossing a pancake for 26 miles. What I can do is train all through the winter with the goal of raising £5,000 for Small Steps. This will cover the cost of running a session once a week for 12 weeks for up to 5 children. It really can make a difference.”