Family Ready for Mudder of All Fund-Raising Events

By Munro, Alistair | Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh, Scotland), February 5, 2017 | Go to article overview

Family Ready for Mudder of All Fund-Raising Events


Munro, Alistair, Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh, Scotland)


An inspiring family is set to tackle a huge challenge in their beloved son's memory foran Edinburgh children's charity.

The family of Christopher Nelson, who died in 2015, is raising money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

Christopher's mother, Donna Nelson, alongside his fiancée Steffi, sister Becca and 19 friends have signed up for the Tough Mudder obstacle race in June.

In justoverayear Donna, ofEskbank, Midlothian, has raised more than £5,500 for SKFF in memoryofher son, who died unexpectedly in Amsterdam aged 24.

She started the appeal by collecting donations at her son's funeral and has since arranged a variety of events including cycling 200 miles from Edinburgh to Iona, a 10,000ft skydive and bingo nights. Tough Mudder is next on the list.

Donna said: "Wewantto keep the memory of our son alive and continue to raise money for such a great cause in his name.

"When Christopher was younger, he was constantly in and out of A&E at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children with different sporting injuries, and in some cases he was bed ridden, but he was such an active child he found it difficult to stay in bed.

"SKFF supplied himwith a games console he could play without having to get up. It made a world of difference, not only to him but to us.

"He spent his first night away from home there and he was so at ease, he thought he had been staying at a hotel.

"It was reassuring to know he felt safe and happy, even though he was in pain, so we have always been so grateful for the work of SKFF and we're glad we've been able to give back to them now. …

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