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We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us at TDA with not just one, but two individuals doing amazing things to raise money for us.

 

Sponsor Rick – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rick-butterworth

 

Sponsor Richard – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richardbrown75miles

 

Manchester 10k

 

On 20 May, Rick Butterworth will be running in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.

 

Rick’s Story

 

I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was eight years old.

Runner legs & feet

Although I was given extra classes at primary school to help with my reading and writing, I was never given guidance on what I could exceed in during my time in education. However, I would never let my dyslexia overcome me.  Nine years ago, I graduated from Salford University in Aviation Technology and just six months after, obtained my Private Pilot’s Licence.  I’ve been fortunate enough to work as an airport consultant travelling around Europe and the middle east including living in Dubai for three months. Shortly after leaving my job as an airport consultant, I was contacted by Jamil Khalil (founder of a tech start-up called Wakelet) asking if I would be interested in joining him to help design and build the product.  Since then the company, has grown to a team of 15 people, and I now lead the design for both the web and mobile applications.

 

Dyslexia has been a huge learning curve for me over the years and still is to this day.  Trying to understand my weaknesses but more importantly what my strengths are, was a real turning point in my life, but unfortunately was something I had to learn by myself. Overall, I want to build a bigger awareness of dyslexia and show that it isn’t just a learning disability but can also be embraced as a gift to a more creative mind.  Therefore, I personally feel we are both wanting to achieve the same goals and that is why I want to support the work you are doing, by raising money running the Manchester 10k.

 

Check out Rick’s collection on Wakelet called “Understanding Dyslexia”, for people who want to know a bit more about dyslexia. http://wke.lt/w/s/GIRKH

 

Cycle Live Nottingham 75 miles

 

On 24 June, our Trustee, Richard Brown will be taking part in Cycle Live Nottingham and has chosen to cycle the Maid Marion route which is 75 miles!

 

Richard’s story

 

I live and work in Nottingham and the East Midlands.  I took up a voluntary post as a trustee in 2015 to help The Dyslexia Association to support more children and adults.  The Dyslexia Association also helps employers to support employees who may be experiencing difficulties in performing at work because of their dyslexia.

 

I didn’t realise that I myself was dyslexic until my daughter was diagnosed. Olivia has been attending tuition at The Dyslexia Association for the past 9 years and she is now in her final year at college, studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance.  The Dyslexia Association have given Olivia a new lease of life and taught her how to cope with and overcome any challenges she faces. They have offered so much help, guidance and support to our family. We could not have done it without the wonderful people that give up so much of themselves to make a real difference. Thank you, you do an amazing job.

 

I promised myself to give something back  so please give generously if you can.
1 in 10 of the UK population has dyslexia. There are amazing people such as Jamie Oliver, Paul Smith and Richard Branson who are dyslexic. Give other dyslexic individuals a chance to be just as successful. You probably know at least one person who is dyslexic, so please help donate any amount you can to save this service from closure.

 

We would like to say a huge thank you to our star fundraisers Richard and Rick and wish them both the best of luck in their events.

 

Sponsor Rick – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rick-butterworth

 

Sponsor Richard – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richardbrown75miles