Equality through technology
Style Acre is a supported living service for people with a learning disability and autism in Oxfordshire.
The service uses technology in innovative and creative ways to enable equality for the disabled people it supports.
For example, Style Acre worked with IT specialists and the NHS to identify the most effective system for a person who was unable to communicate their needs. After significant research and trialling systems, the person was able for the first time to use a communication aid with pre-set phrases to tell staff what they needed, for example if they needed pain relief. This has had a large impact on the person’s ability to self-advocate and to advance their rights.
We are so incredibly grateful and in awe of Patrick Birkholm and his friends Dan and James, who raised a whopping £1805 for Style Acre by taking part in the Spartan Race in Windsor.
Patrick’s sister Hope is supported by Style Acre, and the three friends wanted to take on a challenge, and fundraise to show their gratitude and support, as Patrick and his family and friends have seen Hope benefit enormously from our services.
They chose the Spartan Race as their challenge as it is a long distance run involving all areas of fitness, not just running – it apparently included running uphill, through mud, and carrying heavy weights. Perhaps not everyone’s idea of fun, but Patrick has assured us that they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves – although they were VERY tired afterwards and quite stiff for a few days after!
They nearly doubled their fundraising target, and Patrick puts this down to friends and family being really behind a cause that meant so much to Hope – she is known and loved by many! The boys are really grateful for the generosity of all of their sponsors, and we certainly are too!
The money raised will help us to continue providing outstanding support to people like Hope in Oxfordshire to enable full, meaningful, fun and happy lives.
Thank you so much Patrick, Dan and James! We look forward to hearing what your next challenge is 🙂