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Wednesday 30 September 2020

11-year-old overcomes challenges to raise funds for wounded veterans

Posted by Help For Heroes

In 2011, Ryan Seyler was diagnosed with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, as well as coeliac disease. He was just two years old.

Now aged eleven, Ryan has faced more than his fair share of life’s challenges. But rather than focus on them, he likes to set himself more.

For the past five years he’s raised funds for wounded veterans by walking the Malvern Hills Challenge, and was looking forward to taking part again this year.

But when the event was sadly postponed due to Covid-19, Ryan found another way to challenge himself in a safe, socially distanced way. Signing up to our Step 2 It challenge he walked 5,000 steps every day throughout August.

During the summer, he was also undergoing an intensive series of treatments for his condition, where his leg was placed in a cast to provide a continuous stretch for his muscles.

Ryan’s mum Emily, said, “As part of this treatment, he needed to do gentle exercise every day. We were delighted he could do this whilst fundraising for a charity he adores.”

Fundraising for wounded veterans and their families has given Ryan a sense of purpose, Emily explains. “Knowing he can do his bit gives him a huge sense of satisfaction. It also helps him to realise what he is capable of, rather than focusing on limitations.” 

One of the organisers of the Malvern Hills Challenge, Tony Potter, is proud of Ryan’s achievements. “He’s a smashing little chap, who embodies the spirit of the challenge,

“He’s plucky, determined and willing to push himself to help others. A really inspirational lad, and a pleasure to know.” Tony says,

Tony and his team had hoped this year’s activities would push their fundraising total for the decade to over £100,000. They were also excited to welcome our CEO, Melanie Waters, to take part in the walk. However, they are looking forward to 2021 and seeing Mel then “She’s promised she’ll come next year, so we’ll look forward to her support then,” says Tony.

To support Ryan’s fundraising go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ryanrunsmalvern