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Katherine Gooding

Category: Action and activities

I’m very pleased to be a winner. It makes me feel really happy. Raising all that money for Hft makes me feel really proud.

The charity bike ride that brought a community together

When Kathy started her charity bike ride, she didn’t expect to be cheered over the finish line by over 100 people. But her infectious smile and determination was just the boost of inspiration people needed during the national lockdown.

Kathy was inspired to cycle 200 miles to raise money for Hft – the organisation who support her and who supported her friend for 60 years before he passed away.

Kathy said she did the cycle, “…in memory of my dear friend. David was very kind to me and he was my friend. I will miss him very much.”

Cycling 200 miles is an achievement for many people, but for Kathy it’s extra special. This is because she has William’s Syndrome and after a stroke as a baby she was left paralysed on one side.

“She is mostly a happy person but can sometimes become very anxious. Kathy knows that she has William’s Syndrome and sometimes asks us why. She is also very conscious of her physical disability and questions why she has an arm and a leg that don’t work properly.”

But this hasn’t held Kathy back from wanting to thank the organisation that cares for her and that supported and cared for her friend so well.

“In the time of lockdown…Kathy brought a ray of sunshine into peoples’ lives.”

200 miles and £7000 later, she has achieved something phenomenal. But, Kathy did something else that is truly priceless…

“She brought the local community in her parent’s village together for a fantastic celebration, which was greatly received and very much enjoyed during difficult times.

“On the day that she achieved her 200 miles, more than 100 people stood at their gates or on the roadside to clap and cheer her on.

“Kathy created an event for local people to celebrate at a time when there little else to keep us cheerful.”

*quotes have been taken from Kathy’s nomination for the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List. They come from the person who nominated her, as well as her family.

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