When it comes to newcomers to Su Shackcloth’s patch, the Wisbech postwoman always makes it her mission to welcome a new face.
Su came to know the Dodkins as the family who fundraised outside their home with cake sales, but it wasn’t until she asked about the orange ribbons on display one day, that she discovered the harrowing details of their tragic situation.
Sarah and Ben Dodkin are fundraising for their three young boys – Finley (10), Arthur (eight) and Harrison (five).
Finley and Harrison are both affected by strand CLN3 of Batten Disease, a life-limiting and degenerative neurological disease that affects between 30 – 40 children in the UK. This will impact their sight, memory and physical abilities.
Su was desperate to help the family’s fundraising cause.
‘I decided I could do my bit to raise awareness of this life-limiting illness by tying orange ribbons and bunting to my van. People see it when it’s parked down so many streets when I’m out on delivery, they always stop me to ask about the ribbons,’ says Su.
‘The more people know about this disease, the better for the Dodkins and other families affected. Any donation will help. The boys are wonderful, and they get on with life as best they can. But this fundraising money is there to help them make memories they can cherish.’
All monies raised will be shared 50/50 between the boys’ wish-list so they can make special memories, and the Battens Disease Family Association charity, Sibling Project.
The family are very close to reaching their fundraising target. If you’d like to donate, please visit their Just Giving page here.