COME TOGETHER: The community come together to support Koli and Adam outside Bruce Castle, Tottenham
A LONDON woman donated PR services for free to a fellow mum on a crusade to raise disability awareness through a ‘Walk Of Hope’ which took place on Thursday.
Brenda Gabriel, was publicist to Richard Taylor and The Damilola Taylor Trust in the run up to the debut of the BBC Drama Our Loved Boy and subsequent Memorial lectures, which took place last November.
Brenda and Koli Begum, mother to Adam, attended secondary school together 20 years ago at the then Haggerston Girls School, Shoreditch. They lost touch until a year ago when Koli set up a crowdfunding campaign for Adam. The campaign is to raise funds for adaptations to be made to her Tottenham home to enable Adam to have vital surgery to correct severe curvature of his spine.
Adam and Koli with Adams younger brother
“It is my pleasure to help Koli and Adam raise awareness of the plight of hundreds of disabled children across the capital who aren’t able to speak up for themselves” said Brenda.
“Koli and I lost touch after leaving school. We reconnected on Facebook when I saw the crowdfunding campaign for Adam. I’m passionate about charitable causes and am over the moon to be able to offer my services for such a worthy cause”.
Doves are released at the end of the walk, donated by the White Dove Company
Adam, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and cortical visual impairment isn't currently able to undergo correction surgery, because his house has been deemed unsuitable to return to after the operation. Adam will require a specially adapted lift, a height adjustable bath, a hoist, and wheelchair access around his home - which will cost the family £30,000 to install. Haringey council are unable to fund the adjustments.
The Walk Of Hope, which took place at Bruce Castle Park, Tottenham, had a great turnout with the community coming together to support Koli and Adam.
It was a amazing! The whole community really came together to support Adam and I am so touched," said Koli.