Young service user takes on superhero challenge to say thank you to carer

One of the young people we work with here at Continued Care is raising money for charity as a way of saying thank you to his carer.

Christopher Farmer, who is unable to walk unaided, is aiming to cover an incredible 50km before July 15th using his supportive tricycle and therapeutic walking frame.

He’s doing it as part of the nationwide At Home Superheroes series, which aims to inspire people with a disability to take up sports.

Although the challenge does not require participants to raise money for charity, Christopher has chosen to do it in aid of The Pituitary Foundation to give something back to his carer Fiona Fitzgerald.

Fiona’s husband Sean has a type of brain tumour called a prolactinoma, which is a benign pituitary gland tumour. The Pituitary Foundation provides information and support to approximately 70,000 people in the UK who have a pituitary condition.

Fiona says: “Sean and I are completely overwhelmed by Christopher’s gesture and can’t believe that someone would do this to help us. We really can’t thank him and his family enough.”

Fiona has been working for Continued Care in the Northallerton area for eight or nine years now, and has been Christopher’s carer for the past six years.

She says: “Christopher is someone who has daily struggles, can’t walk unaided, and has epilepsy and seizures. And yet he’s willing to get out there and raise money for a cause that doesn’t directly help him at all. He’s the superhero in all of this.”

Christopher, who is 19, is doing the Superhero challenge with a team from Quest 88, who make his trikes and walking frames. His initial target was 20km but after covering the distance about half way through the challenge, he decided to carry on to 50km.

In the past week, the team have had a bit of fun with Christopher’s trike, adapting it to look like a bin lorry, a beer truck and a rally car.

Christopher’s efforts have already received a lot of support and attracted the attention of the local media, who have covered his story and helped raise awareness of what he is doing and why.

Superhero challenge Northallerton home care

Fiona and Sean were invited to officially launch the challenge in Danby Wiske, near Northallerton, where Christopher lives. They will also be walking alongside him from 2pm to 3pm for the final leg on Saturday, July 11th. His trike will be decorated to look like a unimog, which is a vehicle his dad uses at work for Northern power grid.

Fiona says: “Christopher is loving the challenge, he is doing so well and is always so happy to get out on his trike.”

To make a donation to Christopher’s fundraising effort, click here.

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