A NORTH-EAST charity that provides various therapies and support to physically impaired children will this month be sending a team of nearly 90 supporters to join Total Warrior obstacle race in Leeds.

The supporters of Chester-le-Street-based charity Heel and Toe intend to raise as much as possible to provide free conductive therapy for children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.

The charity offers its services at a reduced cost as part of its ‘child’s pot’ initiative. Through the scheme, people can take part in one of the organised events, with any money raised above the minimum sponsorship to go into a ‘child’s pot’. That money can then be used on any of the paid services.

Lorraine Whitney, from Whitley Bay, whose four-year-old son Danny Thompson has been attending weekly Heel and Toe sessions since he was two, said: “Danny has made so much progress and he is now walking with a frame, which we did not think would ever be possible. I’ve decided to sign up to Total Warrior to raise money, so they can continue to help Danny and other children.”

Danny is dependent on supplementary oxygen, struggles to walk independently and is unable to communicate verbally.

Natalie Harker, Heel and Toe fundraising officer, said: “The children we help have so many obstacles every day, so for one day, these people are going to tackle obstacles as well.”

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