Richard Barr has raised over £30,000 for The Down's Syndrome Association and Woolgrove School through a number of different challnges including climbing Mount Kilamanjaro and cycling across Vietnam and Cambodia.
Richard lost his son Tom to Down Syndrome in 2004 and since then he's completed challenges to raise awareness and funds to support the children and families affected by Down's Syndrome. The school aims to 'create a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which all can experience success and realise their unique potential'. Richard's support allows them to go along way to providing this essential service. The support they give is vital and Woolgrove have taken the spirit that Tom encapsulated by creating The Tom Barr Award for Happiest Child in the School'.
His challenges have been:
2005 - The India Motorcycle Challenge (motorcycle acorss India).
2007 - Climb Mt Kilamanjaro.
2008 - Climb the Inca Trail.
2009 - Climb to Everest Base Camp.
2010 - Ride across Vietnam and Cambodia.
2011 - The Three Peak Challenge.
Each last two or more weeks and involve months of planning and training and on top of this, Richard goes out of his way to help the charities so families who are in a similar position get the right support.
Richard Makes a Difference to the familes affected by Down's Syndrome with his determination to support the children and families through a situation he knows is inspiring.