Overcoming the odds to run for charity

20 Jul, 2018

One of our amazing Account Managers, Beth, is going to overcome the odds to run the London Marathon for a charity which supports children with lower limb disorders. Beth endured numerous operations during her childhood to defy the doctors’ expectations…

We’re delighted that one of our Account Managers, Beth Furniss, will be running the London Marathon next year in aid of Steps, a charity which helps those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions.

Running a marathon is a big ask for anyone but for Beth, this is the culmination of a long battle to overcome the difficulties brought by her own lower limb disorder. Like many others helped by Steps, Beth’s childhood was disrupted by a number of extensive medical procedures to correct her condition (a severe talipes of her left leg (known as a club foot)).

Beth says, “I learnt to walk with a cast on my left leg up to my hip and spent countless weeks in and out of hospital. As a family we spent so much time going back and forth, struggling to get any sort of support for my condition.”

The desire to help children and parents to live as normal a life as possible is therefore close to Beth’s heart. She continues, “I try not to let my condition get in the way of me living my life. But to this day I am unable to wear high heels or other types of beautiful shoes other girls can due to the way my disorder was corrected and the constant pain I have to live through daily as a result of the muscle wastage on my left leg.

I have decided that after 24 years of living with my condition and seeing little or no governmental support, I wanted to do something to help others like me. I want to raise money to contribute to more research by Steps, but I also want to inspire others with similar lower limb disorders and show that you can live a normal life and do exceptional things – like run a marathon – even though the doctors told me as a child I would struggle to walk unaided, let alone be able to run!

Please donate to support Steps’ work because, like them, I don’t take walking for granted!”

Donate to support Beth here.

About Steps
Steps is the UK national charity working for all those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions. Founded in 1980, Steps is recognised as the leading organisation in its field. No other charity covers the same ground as them. They believe that all those with a childhood leg condition should have the very best chance to achieve their maximum potential.

Steps helps both children and parents to live as normal a life as possible. As well as raising awareness and providing information, the charity provides grants to parents who may otherwise struggle to  afford to buy the specially adapted car seats they need to transport their youngsters safely.

Every year in the UK, 2,500 babies are born with a serious childhood lower limb condition. These leg conditions vary in their symptoms, frequency and prognosis.  But without the correct diagnosis, treatment and support, it would be impossible for any of these children to walk properly later in life. Their mission is to ensure all those affected by childhood leg conditions are fully informed and supported, from diagnosis to treatment as well as making sure there is widespread understanding of childhood leg conditions and the challenges facing those affected by them. They also want to make sure every effort is made to improve treatment and support for childhood leg conditions.

Steps is a small charity with a modest budget of less than £200,000 so they are reliant on donations to enable them to keep helping children. There’s so much more Steps can achieve if fundraising, like Beth’s, is successful.

Find out more about Steps.


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