On Saturday 14 November, Jonny Lundy will be amongst 70 people walking on broken glass for Candlelighters, who have been supporting his family since January, when his daughter Zara, then 6, was diagnosed with T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Jonny recalls the time he and his wife heard the news of Zara’s diagnosis. He says “It came as a shock. Our whole world changed in an instant. Thankfully, we met some incredible people on the ward who helped us get over this initial shock, people we can rely on, talk to, and know exactly what to do with Zara – namely the Candlelighters Play Specialists and Candlelighters dinner lady, Elaine.”
“Since then, Candlelighters has also helped us in many other ways, including organising a holiday for us in Center Parks and days out.”
Over the past 10 months, Jonny has completed several challenges to give back to the charity, including shaving his head on clinic when Zara started losing her hair because of chemotherapy, and abseiling down a 100ft tall building in Leeds.
Next on his agenda? Walking on broken glass at the Glasswalk, Candlelighters’s challenge sponsored by homebuilders Taylor Wimpey. Jonny added “I was much more nervous about the abseil than I am about the Glasswalk, but wait until I’m actually there. It might be a different story!”
The Glasswalk will take place at DIG, York, on Saturday 14 November afternoon.
Anne Bagshaw, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, comments: “As a homebuilder with a commitment to supporting causes in the Yorkshire region, it is a privilege and a pleasure to support Candlelighters, a charity that works so hard to bring joy to families facing extraordinary circumstances.
“Working with local communities is something that we pride ourselves on, and we hope to continue our partnership with Candlelighters for many years to come. The Glasswalk is a unique and daring way to raise money and awareness for the charity and we can’t wait to go barefoot and do the almost-impossible task of walking on glass. Good luck to everyone taking part!”
Registration is still open. £15 per person, recommended fundraising target £175 per person. Limited places (70 participants, 3 spectators per participant). Some medical restrictions apply – please check with your doctor.