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Rally2Raise please support..!
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:11:09 AM »
As charities go this one really caught my attention, Rally2Raise is something that Live In Blackpool will be supporting and is hoping that others do too..!
Please take the time to read and see what its all about.. :thumbup:

I have lots of friends in business and on Twitter, I hope by highlighting the work done by these 2 Ladies and their superb Team you can make a difference..x
Peter Mowbray

Katherine and Rachel

Rachels story and how it began..

I've been asked quite a lot recently about how the Rally2Raise concept came about, well, sit back, get a cuppa and I'll tell you a little story...

As you're hopefully aware by now we are raising money for three charities, nystagmus, cancer research and multiple sclerosis (MS). At the Scottish rally in "summer" 2011 I discovered that a good friend of Barry and myself had pancreatic cancer. It was a bit of a shock as he's very young and works outdoors in a profession that keeps him physically fit.

On the very long truck journey from Dumfries to home near Aberdeen I started to think. I couldn't use my medical skills to help, except offer general advice as a friend and I hated that feeling. I remember that Jemma Bellingham and myself did a very successful campaign in 2007 to raise money for cancer research so I considered doing the exact same again but figured so many people followed suit that the rally family would probably be bored of that now. As I sat looking out of the window I started to form a plan. What am I good at? Baking, being loud, laughing, speaking to folk... How about making it a year long campaign with a logo and loads of events but not just in aid of cancer research?

I had an idea of a two car team, one with a novice driver (me) with a co-driver who's never even sat in a rally car and knows nothing about it. The other an experienced driver with a celebrity co-driver. Again, inexperienced probably. The plan being to work towards competing on the Scottish rally in 2012. Now, the first part is happening, I have a rally car and Katherine Begg, rally novice, is co-driving. The celeb co-driver is actually under discussion, along with the experienced FEMALE driver. Watch this space!

When I approached Katherine with the idea I had only decided on cancer research and needed inspiration so she suggested the MS Society as her mum had passed away far too young from the condition, that was a no brainer, absolutely yes!

My baby had recently been diagnosed with nystagmus so I looked into charities and discovered the brilliant Nystagmus Network. A very worthy cause, helping the sufferers of this often debilitating condition, although my son’s does not require glasses, it can be so bad that people are registered blind. Most sufferers never drive. The eyes move involuntarily from side to side, up and down and it can be caused by a number of things such as injury, disease and idiopathic nystagmus which basically means they have no clue how it started but there’s no sinister reason for it. My son will be monitored until he stops developing, he has been through many tests and thankfully he has idiopathic nystagmus. I want to raise money to not only help sufferers but allow more research to be done as there have been very few advances in treatment since my dad was diagnosed with the condition as a child.

The postnatal depression awareness part of Rally2Raise is to help erase the stigma attached to it and help women realise they're not a failure, it's very common, more common than is known. It's the same as any disease that needs simple treatment to be cured. And it most certainly can be cured. I suffered quite badly after my son arrived in the world and made the decision immediately to let everyone know. I wasn't ashamed, it wasn't a dirty secret, my hormones were all over the place and all I had to do to cure it was take one pill per day. Ok, at first I felt a bit shattered but the improvement was more or less immediate, although it can take up to two weeks to work. Health visitors are there to help, hiding it won't do ladies any favours - that can lead to future issues that could take longer to sort out. I felt unable to cope at first but now realise this was the "depression".

I do think if the name was changed to postnatal syndrome or similar then the stigma would be eradicated. Unfortunately, despite a lot of searching, we were unable to find a national charity to support but, I didn't want to leave it out as I think if we can help just one person realise they have it and they're not on their own and see their GP, we've done our job.

So there you go, that’s the reason for Rally2Raise. Please support us!


Everything you wanted to know about nystagmus

Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of the eyes which often seriously reduces vision. Few people with nystagmus can drive and most encounter some difficulties in every day life, education and employment.

I was unaware that I had a family history of nystagmus. I knew my dad had poor eyesight and that his eyes moved a bit but, as I'd grown up with it, to me it was completely normal. Ok, my dad couldn't drive because of it but again, because I grew up with it, I never gave it any thought.

After my son was born and we got his reflux under control we settled down to family life. I began to notice Archie's eyes moving around at about four weeks but, thinking he was just very inquisitive, I left it. Then folk started to point it out and ask if it was normal, well, now you come to mention it I'm not sure. Away I went to Google and read about nystagmus, still not making the connection to my dad. We made an immediate doctor’s appointment and unfortunately, although the doctor had heard of the condition, she was clueless as to how to proceed and even asked what I'd discovered on Google!

We were made to leave the room while she called the hospital to speak to a specialist. This was making me very nervous indeed as, being in the medical profession myself, I know this means they're quite worried. We were called back in and informed we'd be seeing a consultant at the children’s hospital within three weeks. She couldn't answer any of my questions so I went home and informed my family via text message as I didn't want to speak to anyone. It was now that my dad called and told me about his condition. I was totally shocked but relieved as he lives a perfectly normal life and you wouldn't know he had it. Although, now knowing this was the reason my dad couldn't drive, I looked into it again and discovered that a high percentage of sufferers cannot drive. Coming from a family that is heavily into motorsport and having a dad that was a professional rally driver and world champion I thought this may hit Archie very hard when he grows up so I made the decision there and then to tell him from an early age should that be the case.


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