Congratulations to Anna for completing her challenging “Insane Bolt” fundraising run on behalf of Winchester Go LD. We are all proud of you!

On Bank Holiday Monday, Anna de Albuquerque raised more than £ 5,000 for Winchester Go LD.

Anna, who is Autistic, challenged herself to run from her home at The Old Plough in North End, around the grass triangle in the village and back again – a distance of about 400 yards. Having struggled to run more than 10 paces initially she trained every day for five weeks and through sheer determination slowly built up sufficient stamina to overcome her physical disabilities and complete the 400 yard circuit in the bright sunshine on 25th May. The event took on a life of its own. The fabulous ‘socially distanced’ support from the local community, and friends from the Winchester Fusion Choir (of which Anna is a member) was a tremendous boost for Anna and made for a very joyful occasion which hopefully relieved some of the ‘lockdown gloom’.

The incredible generosity and support of so many people both locally and further afield meant that Anna amassed a significant sum for Winchester Go LD in excess of £5,000. This was achieved through sponsorship, the sale of cards she had designed, and with other private donations. The money she has raised is for a charity called Winchester Go LD which supports her and many other adults with assorted learning disabilities.

Specialkidz is delighted to be able to support the work that Winchester Go LD undertakes on behalf of people with Learning Disabilities including Autism as they are struggling, like all charities in these strange & challenging times.

Well done Anna!