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Respite service rooting for marathon man

Patients cared for at Kingswood Drive respite service are getting a fundraising boost thanks to one grateful parent. 

Gary Lennox ran the London Marathon for the first time on 23 April to raise funds for the Kings Norton centre, which provides respite care to his daughter, Danielle. 

He completed the 26-mile run in just over four hours and thirty minutes, and has so far raised £750 for centre. The total sum raised will be matched by Gary's employer, Vodafone

Gary said: "I just want to say a massive "thank you" to everyone who has supported me by donating. I was pleased with my finish time and even more delighted with how much I've managed to raise for Kingswood Drive."

Kingswood Drive has been providing respite care for Gary's 21-year-old daughter Danielle for the last three years. 

Danielle has cerebral palsy and requires round-the-clock care. She lives at the family’s home in Bournville, with her dad, mum Viv and younger brother Michael. During the week she visits a local day centre, and when the family need a longer break or holiday, they use the respite service at Kingswood. 

Danielle and Gary Lennox
Pictured: Gary Lennox with his daughter Danielle

Gary said: “When Dani was younger we were reluctant to use respite, but as she has got older we have got more used to the idea and it allows us to take a holiday. 

“Dani has complex needs and is tube-fed, so finding a service that would cater for her needs wasn’t easy.  Kingswood Drive was one of the few places where the staff were trained to care for exclusively tube-fed patients.

“We are very grateful for the specialised care provided by the staff. Knowing that we’re leaving Dani in good hands gives us peace of mind when we go away.”

“The team at Kingswood does an excellent job  with limited resources, so I am pleased that this money can be used to help them do some of the extra things they currently don’t have the funds to do.”

Kingswood Drive provides a short-breaks service for adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs. For more information, contact the centre manager Helena Ordish on 0121 466 3785.

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