Life for Lewis Appeal

Raising money for various disability specific items and equipment

Running 1,600 Miles and Going Sober for 1 Year

Sept 2018-19 - Running 1,600 Miles and Going Sober for 1 Year

Now that the dust has settled on the Incredible Life for Lewis Golf day, and having had a good long think about possible future events for the Life for Lewis Appeal, I have decided not to do a main event for him in 2019. The only challenge I will be doing is the small matter of trying to run 1600 miles in a year (100 miles for each year of his life so far), as well as not having any alcohol for a whole year.

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June 2019: Herby’s Final Furlong to the Hart (1600th and final mile)
June 29th: 
I did it!, I really don’t know how, but I did!.
1600 miles ran in 10 months (2 months ahead of schedule and in only 132 runs (An average of 160 miles every month, and 40 miles every week, and an average of 12miles per run!)


There have been plenty of really dark moments and countless self-doubts on a weekly basis about whether I would be able to get to, or get anywhere close to my mileage target. It has quite simply been the hardest and most relentless thing I have EVER done in my life, and my body has been in absolute bits!. Thank you to all those who have supported me and given generously to Lewis’ appeal, it really has kept me going and it will never be forgotten. Actually feeling quite proud of my achievement as well as extremely emotional!. Can’t quite comprehend it all at the moment, but once it’s sunk in it will be an achievement I will be able to look back upon with a tremendous amount of pride I’m sure.

Sept 2018-19 - Running Sober more details

Running Sober

Welcome To Lewis' Website

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Hi, my name is Lewis Herbert

Thank you so much for visiting my site.

During 2015 we raised enough money for my dream of a wheelchair accessible/sensory garden at home. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you who donated towards my new garden it's absolutely amazing, and I can now access my garden in my wheelchair and spend quality time together with my Mum, Dad, sister and brother all together in our back garden, something which I have never been able to do. Full details about the sensory garden can be found in the fundraising projects section of the website.

My Mum and Dad have decided to continue fundraising for me as unfortunately due to my complex disability I am always going to need various disability specific items and equipment which are not available to me through standard NHS provision and statutory services. The majority of the items are a necessity due to my extremely complex disability and condition.

Current Fundraising Projects: Items we are currently raising funds for..

  • New Loft Space Conversion in my house to allow storage of my vast amount of medical supplies, continence products and numerous disability specific equipment.. more details
  • House Adaptations/alterations Any items and works required to help me safely access the downstairs of my house in my wheelchair as I'm getting bigger and so is my wheelchair!.. more details
  • New Wheelchair Accessible Front Door with Low Threshold and suitable fixed ramp to allow safe access to and from my house.. more details
  • New replacement floor mats for my sensory room as they have worn and will need replacing.. more details
  • New Specially Adapted Manual Wheelchair. As I’m growing and my scoliosis/curvature of the spine is deteriorating my existing wheelchair is no longer suitable for my needs.. more details
  • SAT's monitoring machine and accessories (SpectrO2 30 - WW1030 Handheld Pulse Oximeter with Alarms).. more details

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For full details of these fundraising project please click here

November 2018 Update..
We are in touching distance of having enough funds to have a new loft space conversion which would allow storage of all of Lewis’ vast amount of medical supplies, continence products and disability specific equipment etc. This loft space conversion would allow the necessary space for a single bed to be situated in Lewis’ downstairs bedroom for us and his carers so that we can monitor his seizures safely overnight and provide him with all the complex care he needs overnight (Oxygen and VNS therapy etc). As he is getting older being able to be with him overnight in his room is now vital and it will allow us to be able to carry on looking after him at home for as long as possible.

Lewis is at risk of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) So having us near him overnight could literally save his life. It really is that black and white it could be a matter of life or death for him (Sorry to be blunt but that’s the reality of it). 

I know so many of you have already done so much for Lewis and our family and your generosity and support has been incredible and overwhelming. But if there is anyone out there who would be interested in sponsoring me for my personal challenge and helping us towards our target then we would be forever grateful.

Much Love,
Gary x.

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Previous Fundraising Projects successfully achieved
Please find below items which we have already raised the funds for and which are already making a huge difference to my quality of life.

  • Multi-Sensory Room in my house (Target achieved and items supplied) - Approx cost = £15,000
  • Wheelchair Accessible/Sensory Garden (Target achieved and item supplied) - Approx cost = £25,000
  • New suitable manual Chunc wheelchair (Target achieved and item supplied - Approx cost = £5000
  • New suitable seat for my Mustang electric wheelchair (Target achieved and item supplied) - Approx cost = £1000
  • A suitable ipad with mounting wheelchair arm/s and sensory/cause and effect applications (Target achieved and item supplied) - Approx cost = £1100
  • Eye gaze communication system - Including look to learn and Sensory Eye FX software (Includes an all-in-one PC, screen, USB eye tracker,  and mounting trolley on wheels) (Target achieved and item supplied) - Approx cost = £4000
  • Deposit for a suitable wheelchair accessible and fully adapted Motability vehicle (Target achieved and item supplied) - Aprox cost = £12,000
  • Therapy/Companionship Dog and appropriate training (To be my companion and best friend, and to sit on my lap and also alongside me in my wheelchair and soft room (so I can feel it's warmth), this has a calming influence on me).

Lewis using the Eye-Gaze System at School

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Our Special Boy.. Lewis Robert Herbert

Lewis Robert Herbert was born on the 12th November 2002 at 12:20am weighing a healthy 8.2lbs.

After keeping us waiting for a 34 hour labour and being rushed out by the consultant as he was getting distressed. Our 1st baby was here and we couldn't wait to start our family life. The next chapter for Gary & I. He was the most beautiful thing we had ever seen. We had so many dreams and hopes for our little boy. Read more.. Our Special Boy

Raising money for various disability specific items, equipment, and home adaptations/alterations which are NOT available to me through standard NHS provision and statutory services

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