In the months leading up to the Motoscape Banger Rally, many teams start their fundraising for charity. This week the team at Motoscape HQ came across Team Grayson’s Facebook Page and an article written by Nigel.
We urge everyone to read this below, if you are not planning on doing the rally for charity, maybe you will consider it for this year or even in the future.
The Motoscape Team are more than happy for teams to take part in the rally just for a laugh and a good time, but it’s stories like this that give us the real motivation to run the rally, so people can take a positive look on things and raise money for charity by doing something completely different.
In January my girlfriend and I had our first beautiful baby girl, Myla, weighing 4lb 4.5ozs. She was premature at just 36 weeks due to some complications in the pregnancy. We were incredibly lucky as she was able to take care of herself, didn’t require any special medical treatment and came home after 4 days. Shortly after we found out we were pregnant my friend Jerome found out that he and his wife were expecting as well. We were really excited, often sharing our experiences and any tips that we had learnt along the way. They gave birth to their gorgeous little baby boy in February, Grayson. He was also premature due to complications, 34 weeks, weighing just 3lbs.
Unfortunately that is where the similarities end. He was doing very well but a few days later they discovered that he had necrotising enterocolitis, a devastating bowel disorder that mainly strikes in premature babies. By the time he was diagnosed it was too mate. He passed away shortly after, just 7 days old.
It’s effected me in a big way. Partly because I’ve been devastated for the loss of my friends baby, a poor innocent little thing that was never given a chance. But over time I’ve realised that our babies were only 2 weeks apart. There was a 3% chance our angel could have developed the disorder, and that scared me. To be honest I’ve struggled to think about much else in the past week or so.
However, I’ve decided that instead of looking back on everything I want to take this experience and move forward in a positive way. I don’t want to just sit around when I know I could do something to help others in the future when this disorder occurs.
A good friend of mine Greg Bolshaw and myself, have just registered to take part in the Motoscape Rally 2012. It’s a 7 day rally starting just south of Calais on 1st September 2012 and finishing 7 days later in Prague, Czech Republic.
We’re doing this to try to raise money for Action Medical Research. The reason for this is they’re currently researching necrotising enterocolitis. Their aim is to develop techniques/apparatus that will allow the disorder to be detected much earlier. That way babies can be treated before it is too late. They also research a range of other conditions, it’s a very worth while cause.
It’s a banger rally so we need to get hold of a car with a value up to £333, then drive it 1,600 miles to Prague!
I’m going to try to keep this blog up to date with everything that goes on leading up to the Rally, as well as the goings on during the rally itself!
Thanks for reading :)
You can follow Team Grayson’s rally process at their facebook page (click like) and donate at the links below:
If any teams would like their story featuring on our blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss.
Good luck with the fundraising, and stay tuned for our blog coming soon on fund raising ideas.
The Motoscape Team