Tim Hubbard, Group Business Development Director, is taking part in Walk for Dreams on Sunday 16th July 2017, the biggest annual charity event for Promise Dreams, a national charity that makes the wishes of children with terminal illness come true.
Tim started supporting the charity five years ago after friends, Steve Bull, Don Goodman, patrons of Promise Dreams and Suresh Bawa, the founder, bought him to their winter ball and he was instantly moved by the amazing work they do.
Tim has also inspired other Alto team members to support the charity. Scores of Altodigital employees have raised money through cake sales and sporting events. James Abrahart, CEO, has attended many of the events, and in recent Christmas’s he has arranged for each and every child the charity has helped that year to receive a toy, sent directly to their homes. Stewart Abrahart, Trainee Business Manager, has recently taken part in a half marathon to raise money for this great cause and Leah Astley, Business Development Executive, has become one of their most valued volunteers. Martin Chamberlain, MIS Director, even donated all the money he received for his 50th birthday!
Though raising money for Promise Dreams is incredibly important to Tim, the walk is also a personal challenge. When he was younger, Tim injured his leg playing football, and though a surgeon promised he would make a full recovery, 12 operations later it was only getting worse. At the age of 28 he had to have a knee transplant, which vastly improved the movement in his leg and worked extremely well for 14 years. However, things went downhill when, during his second knee replacement, the doctors found an infection. It was an extremely dangerous situation - if the infection had spread any further, it could have entered his blood stream, which would have been fatal. This complication has had a lasting effect, he is unable to walk for long distances and at some point in the near future, Tim will have to have his leg amputated.
Tim said: ‘Although Walk for Dreams is ten miles - a huge challenge for me - I have been training hard, walking 3 miles each day at the weekend. I am going to try and walk as much of it unaided as I can, and then I am going to have to rely on crutches.
I am really proud to be raising more money for such an amazing charity. I’ve seen their work in action and seeing the difference they make to children’s lives really tugs on your heart strings. If anyone has any spare money, no matter how small, I would really appreciate it if you could donate to this remarkable charity.
People have been really kind to me throughout my illness and I have received so much support from family, friends, colleagues and hospital staff, so I really want to give back and show people how much I appreciate it.’
Nikki Rowley, Dream Coordinator and Communications Officer at Promise Dreams, said: ‘Altodigital’s enthusiasm and support over the last 5 years has been incredible.
‘Without their support, we simply would not be able to help as many children. Not only do they support us through donations, they also volunteer at the centre and provide us with all our print services, at a highly discounted rate. This means they’re not just helping the children have a good Christmas, they’re helping maintain the organisations infrastructure and ensuring we can continue our work for years to come.’
If you would like to donate to Promise Dreams, please visit Tim’s justgiving page.