Raising awareness & funds for CMT UK

Rough Runner

Leonherman staff will be partaking in the madness of Rough Runner to raise awareness and funds for CMT UK  on Sunday 22 October 2017.

CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) is a rare, progressive neurological muscle wasting disease which limits the ability to do everyday tasks such as walking unassisted or tying shoelaces. CMT causes weak legs, weak ankles, poor balance, poor strength, lack of co-ordination, and little or no sensory feeling in feet and lower legs so it’s very easy to sustain injury without realising.

The CMT UK charity is close to one of Leonherman’s clients Karin Rodgers, who is a sufferer and has supported the charity for 15 years, assisting with the provision of activity weekends for youngsters with CMT.

Because CMT is a rare disease, youngsters who have the condition may have no-one to talk to about their concerns and fears for the future. Often, the only role models they are older more disabled relatives.

CMT UK runs activity weekends for youngsters with CMT and provides a supported environment for young people to engage in activities such as climbing, abseiling, canoeing with excellent instructors. The youngsters also get plenty of opportunity to talk to others with CMT, to learn how to deal with the way CMT affects them at school, how to deal with surgery, bullying and wearing orthotics.

Rough Runner is an obstacle course challenge, combining distance running with a variety of obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshi’s Castle, Gladiators, and Fun House. Expect a punching wall, giant pigeon battles, sweeper arms, big balls and yes, The Travelator!

If you would like to support the team and make a donation to CMT UK, you can do so through our Just Giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cmt-uk