20 March, 2013
This is Emma and Rik Haines who I know through a mutual friend.
On Sunday 7th October 2012 Emma gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Ted Rollo Haines.
After a healthy pregnancy, complications arose around his birth which meant that he was starved of oxygen for quite some time
during the labour, which caused damage to his brain. He has since been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy,
and where the extent of this is hard to determine, they're not leaving anything to chance. Luckily for Ted, he was diagnosed early.
The brain has an amazing capacity to compensate for any damage, especially if you work with it in the first few years of life.
Plus, we live in a world where there are so many new, innovative and amazing therapies and treatments that can really make an
impact. However, these therapies cost money.
They want to give Ted the best start in life and help him reach his full potential, whatever that may be. But, to do this, they need
help. Ted needs ongoing treatments like cranial osteopathy, homeopathy, The Anat Baniel Method and a brilliant therapy
called Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation (ABR). Emma and Rik firmly believe that a combination of all these things will
strengthen Ted physically and mentally so he can meet every challenge of his life head on.
Their aim is to raise £15,000, which is 2 years of ABR, and then a further £5000 for 2 years of Anat Baniel and osteopathy
Over the coming months / years Rik and Emma, with the help of their friends, family, extended friend network and industry
contacts aim to raise money for Treatment for Ted, by arranging events, pop-up restaurants, gigs, fun runs, marathons, cycle
events - the list goes on.
The first fundraising effort is Rik taking part in the London Classic. It's a 45 mile bike ride across London, so he need's as much
support as possible to get across the finish line, so any donations will really help! Their chosen charity is Evelina Children's Hospital
where Ted spent the first months of his life, so he will be raising money for them and Treatment for Ted.
'Life has certainly been a roller-coaster ride, but with Ted as a constant joy in our lives, it does make it all some what more bearable.
We can't do this without you, so please dig deep and donate money, time or ideas now. Give Ted the chance at life that he deserves.'
So if you can spare a few pounds that would make a little family very happy.
For supporting Rik in the London Classic race click here
Thank you all so much.
the burp! team