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NRL leaders join to Rally Round Rupert with 100 miles

Posted on 05 June 2024

NRL leaders join to Rally Round Rupert with 100 miles

NRL Group’s CEO David Redmayne and Director Daniel Redmayne are set to join the 100 walk 100 miles
fundraising campaign for a second year, that will see them take on the Cotswold Way to join 98 other walkers for Rally Round Rupert.

It’s all in aid of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which their friend’s son Rupert was diagnosed with at 8 weeks
old. The degenerative neuromuscular condition causes muscle weakening and wastage because of the loss of
motor neurones, but crucial research is being undertaken by Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK, who the team of
walkers will be raising money for.

Statistics indicate that 1 in 10,000 children are born with SMA, and limited treatment before breakthroughs in
2016 gave a life expectancy of less than 2 years. Now, thankfully experts have recognised that early detection
makes a significant difference so more needs to be done to raise awareness of the condition, and fund ongoing
advanced clinical research.

Setting off on Friday 21

st June and taking 3 days to complete, the volunteers will also be transporting Gary and
Stan, who both have SMA Type 3, along on the challenge in custom-built wheelchairs - allowing them to see the
picturesque route which is highly inaccessible to anyone with mobility impairments.

Last year, David and Daniel joined a team of 100 fellow walkers happy to take on the gruelling 100-mile hike
along Cleveland Way, so they certainly have an idea of what’s in store with this fundraising challenge. In the run
up to the 2023 event and across the 3 days, over £100k was raised.

Discussing last year’s fundraising walk Group Director Daniel Redmayne reflects on the experience.
"No matter how much you try and prepare, it’s difficult to comprehend how far 100 miles is to walk,
and just how strenuous it will be.

Whilst it was certainly a physical challenge for each of us, it pales in comparison to the challenges
children with SMA and their parents face, so each blister and physical injury became inmaterial."

CEO David Redmayne looks ahead to this year’s walk.

"Completing last year’s route was certainly one of the toughest things I’ve done, but two things made
the experience worth it – the money we raised and the sense of comradery.

Across the days we spoke to lots of passersby interested to find out more about why we were walking
and why it’s important to raise awareness of SMA. Seeing the fundraising total in the weeks following
the event last year gave everyone a real buzz and an appetite to do it all again this year.”

Anyone interested in making a donation can find out more on the GoFundMe page