Every month we support a different charity by giving some of the proceeds of our competitions. For each campervan that sells out, we will give £500 to our selected charity for that month. Do you know of a charity in need? Something close to your life that means a lot to you? Please contact us with your story and we'll try to help them out for you!
This month's donation is one that has been suggested to us from one of our participants, Sarah Palmer. This is an incurable, aggressive, degenerative disease which is genetic and normally strikes people in their 30s and 40s, although it can appear at any time. Unlike other genetic diseases, it is not widely known and therefore does not receive as much funding as others. Sarah has lost her grandad, uncle and dad all died from this awful disease and her older brother, sister and cousin are currently suffering from it. We are pleased to be able to give the charity & condition some exposure, along with a donation.
Below are Sarah's words in reply to our email confirming her charity was chosen this month.
"You have warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eye. Anything that can help to get Huntington's Disease further on the radar is unbelievably important to me. For years I have lived in fear (I still am.. I should actually get tested but I'm terrified. I have four children. You can imagine the implications) and have watched my family members be destroyed. To perhaps put it a little bit in perspective on a personal level, let me just tell you about my brother. My brother is 13 years older than me. We grew up in Kenya and he was my hero. In the 70's he was a long haired, motorbike riding, guitar playing all round cool guy who introduced me to all the good music. He has a degree and a Phd. He continued to have motorbikes, often building them himself, he drove rally cars and converted old vans and ambulances into camper vans. He was fiercely intelligent, quietly funny and loved his real ales.Today my brother cannot speak, he cannot walk, nor dress himself, nor eat or drink. He can't do anything. My sister in law struggles to care for him and they have had to sell their lifelong home in order to move into somewhere more suitable. Last year she gave all my brother's vinyl collection to my son for his 18th birthday. Four crates of records arrived at our house. All his music from the 70's til he became ill. All the music he used to play to me. It broke my heart. All just so unfair. This is a cruel and awful disease.I can't thank you enough for choosing my email and deciding to support this charity."
Thank you all for playing, this donation will be made because of you!