Hospital worker supports charity inspired by Pendle woman

SHOWING SUPPORT: Lucy May with Trawden resident Alice, who has the rare and complex chromosome disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome (S)
SHOWING SUPPORT: Lucy May with Trawden resident Alice, who has the rare and complex chromosome disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome (S)

A hospital worker has become the latest to join “Alice’s Army” after meeting the Pendle woman who inspired the charity.

Earlier this year we reported how Judith and Kenny Briscall, of Hopkinson Terrace, Trawden, created Alice’s Army UK.

It is being set up for people like their daughter Alice (33), who has the rare and complex chromosome disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome.

The community has since been rallying round helping to raise funds.

And those funds will help make Mr and Mrs Briscall’s dream of launching a specialist respite provision for people with the disorder a reality.

Now Lucy May, who works in the Neurology Department at Airedale Hospital, has shown her support by offering to run the Blackpool Half Marathon for the cause on Sunday, April 26th.

Mrs Briscall was inspired to take the step to set up a charity following an incident in October, when Alice was taken ill.

It was here that Lucy came into their lives.

Mrs Briscall (55) a former music teacher at Nelson and Colne College and Giggleswick School, said: “Lucy is a remarkable woman on several counts.

“We met her when Alice was referred for an EEG to see whether or not she was suffering from epilepsy following an episode last October.

“Lucy was the person who carried out the EEG, and she was that rarity in our lives – a person who had actually heard of Prader-Willi Syndrome.

“Not only that, but in the past she and her mother had actually been foster carers providing respite for a young man with PWS, so she really knows the need for families to be able to access specialist respite care.

“Even so, we were amazed when she said ‘I’m running a half marathon in April. I’ll run it for you, and raise you some funds!’.

“We are asking people to sponsor her via our website www.alicesarmyuk.co.uk, where there is a page dedicated to the event.

“All this might be remarkable enough - but when you consider that Lucy broke her leg this time last year it is all the more remarkable.

“Also, as the mother of two young children, Lucy has been doing most of her training on an indoor treadmill.

“She is doing so much to help us.”

A number of other events are also lined up to raise the £5,000 required to make Alice’s Army UK a registered charity.

On Sunday, Colne Orchestral Society, which Mrs Briscall is a member of, will be performing at The Muni, Colne, in a concert entitled “Voices of Spring”.

Guest artists will be Colne Orpheus Male Voice Choir, and the audience will be offered the opportunity to make requests and suggestions as to what music they would like to hear the orchestra perform at future concerts - in return for making a donation to the charity.

And on Saturday, April 25th, residents are invited to visit the Alice’s Army UK carboot stall, which will be based at Brierfield Methodist Church between 9am and 1pm.

A previous carboot sale raised £82 and organisers are hopeful to raise more this time round.