East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Eastbourne Boxing Club ubited to raise money for a very important cause, Asher’s fund for life changing surgery.
A team from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service took on Eastbourne Boxing Club today (7 May) to see which team could run the distance of Mount Everest the most times.
The challenge, organised by Watch Manager Scott Saunders, took place in the Main Atrium of Eastbourne Arndale centre from 10am until 4pm. Runners from each team took it in turns to clock up as many miles as possible for their team as they can, while raising important funds for Asher.
Asher, who is nearly five, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy shortly after he was born. This was the result of a massive perinatal stroke. Although the brain injury will not worsen, the condition will be with him for life. The effects on his body will intensify as he grows and his tight muscles won't allow him to move freely as his bones grow.
There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy but an operation, available in America, can relieve the tightness in his muscles. This tightness is a major factor in preventing Asher from learning how to use his legs properly and learning to walk, but the operation could change that.
Scott Saunders said, "For Asher, life's challenges will always be great, but this operation will make a huge difference for his independence. That is why we are raising money, with the support of the charity Camp Simcha, to help fund Asher's life changing operation in America and the ongoing rehabilitation after."
He added, "I am pleased to say that Asher’s family have reached their original fundraising target of £70,000 and Asher is heading to America to start the journey that will change his life for the better. But we don’t want to stop at the target we want to raise as much as we can for this little boy and his family so they can ensure they have the ongoing support and treatment he will need."
You can support Asher's Fund by donating online.
Eastbourne Buzz went along to catch up with them.