Friends at a school in Warwick taking on fundraising challenge for cause close to their hearts

They will be taking on the junior Wolf Run later this year

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 10:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 10:30 am

A group of friends at a school in Warwick have joined together to help raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

The group, who are all in Year 9 at Aylesford School, have committed to taking on the junior Wolf Run in Lutterworth in July to help raise money for FND Hope UK.

They decided to take part in the challenge to show support to one of their friends who was diagnosed with FND (Functional Neurological Disorder), which affects how the brain and body sends and receives signals.

A group of friends at Aylesford School will be taking on a fundraising challenge for a cause close to their hearts. Photo supplied

FND can cause symptoms such as sensory issues, limb weakness and non-epileptic seizures.

Issie Khan and Ferran Redza, two of the friends, said: "Recently we decided to take part in this year’s junior Wolf Run to show our support for our friend who has been diagnosed with FND (Functional Neurological Disorder).

"As a group we understand that this is a very frightening disorder, which is immensely challenging to live with and overcome and we wanted to undertake an activity which would push us in the same way and demonstrate with the right support, we can face anything and overcome it.

"We wanted to reflect this in our “pack” name which is the Fear Nothing Dudes.

"We hope you feel able to support this cause and would like to thank you for any donations you are able to make."

As of Wednesday (May 12) they had raised more than £1,200.

Sam Nunn, assistant head of Year 9 at Aylesford School, said: "A pupil in my tutor was diagnosed with FND.

"They often have seizures and it has caused immense difficulty for them but they are now showing great determination to try and get back into school.

"She has been spending time with her friendship group and they had a conversation and came up with the idea of the junior Wolf Run to try and raise awareness and some money.

"I think it has been a terrible time for teenagers. I think they have been the most affected group - aside from the elderly - by the pandemic.

"The fact that they are all thinking of others and doing something like this is a real testament to them."