I am very proud and excited to share our website with you.
It has been many months in development and I think it signals how LPUK has matured as a charity. The site aims to be an invaluable resource to the dwarfism community, their friends and families. Membership can be completed via this website and in time event registration will be available through the site too.
Chair, Little People UK
We aim to be an essential resource for little people and their families.
Become a member of Little People UK to keep up-to-date with what we are doing, receive invitations to events across the UK and get hold of new information literature that we produce.
Everyone at Little People UK are hugely grateful for all the support we recieve from fundraisers, below are some of the newspaper articles which have been written about our wonderful fundraisers, which we want to share with you all, to say a huge thank you.
Further articles and videos of the days events can be found by clicking on the links below:
Margaux and Eryka Shaw
Margaux and Eryka Shaw raised money by dog sitting, they had a great time!
LPUK members visited Yaxley Festival in 2019, where we had a stall for raising awareness and collection of donations. Huge thanks to Yaxley Festival for inviting us again. We had a great time!
Cecilia Morrison walked 65 miles of the Camino de Santiago, over 7 days. She raised a fantastic amount of money for LPUK and we think she is amazing.
Gareth is undertaking a huge task in 2020, he is running 3 marathons, 3 half marathons and 1 ultra marathon, to raise funds for LPUK, all in aid of his beautiful daughter Freya. He did a radio interview after his first 2 marathons, you can listen to it here.
Ride London 2019
In 2019 we had some fantastic riders cycling the Ride London for LPUK, we were there to greet them and thank them after their fantastic achievement.
Jayne Ansell and her dad arranged a fantastic golfing day and auction. Warwick Davis also attended Henry's school to raise awarness.
Elle-Mae James invited LPUK to attend her crowning at Leek Carnival, she also raised a wonderful £400 for LPUK through holding a number of different fundraisers.
Natalie undertook a huge challenge of running the Lakeland 50, over a 24 hours period!
Nick Dean has very kindly been supporting LPUK over the past few years, by offering people to donate at his farm. He has some beautiful reindeer which people are able to visit and learn about.
LPUK members James Hays and Gavin Beer will soon be undertaking a huge task - to complete the "The Welsh 3000” over a 24 hour period.
James and Gavin are undertaking this task to raise funds for LPUK, as James’ daughter, Gavin’s granddaughter, Eden, has Achondroplasia. So far they have raised a fantastic £600.
They have been in training over the last few months getting ready for their challenge, and with only a few weeks left are undertaking some last minute training.
Here is what Eden’s mum Emma has to say: “My dad and James have 3 weeks until their trek begins. Thank you to those who have donated. LPUK were there from the start helping with support, advice and most importantly friendship. It will continue to be there for Eden as she gets older and she'll never feel like she's alone with her difference, can’t thank them enough. So any spare change will really help the group continue to help people with dwarfism and their families. Many thanks."
Donations can be made via their JustGiving page.
In April 2016, Gareth Bussey will be cycling the Wrynose or Bust to raise funds for Little People UK, here is his journey so far...
LPUK supporter Gareth Bussey is cycling The Wrynose Or Bust cycle challenge to raise funds for LPUK.
Here is what Gareth had to say -
"This is my challenge for 2016. The 'Wrynose Or Bust' ride is a 117 mile slog through North Lancashire and South Cumbria. The route includes the Duddon valley and the daunting Wrynose pass, which is listed as one of the 10 toughest climbs in the UK.
I'm raising money for the brilliant charity LPUK (Little People UK). The charity is run by Sammy and Warwick Davis who use their own experiences as Little People to inspire, support and advise those who have any form of dwarfism.
As far as training goes, I'm just trying to get out as much as work and the weather permit. I've had a couple of rides this week totalling 93 miles. I've lined up a feeler ride, for want of a better term, on Sunday 10th April. This is the Market Deeping Sportive and is a 100 mile ride. My main ride is a bit earlier in the year than when I normally start hitting longer distances so it's needing extra effort to get ready.
Please support me to help support them."
Little People UK are extremely grateful to Gareth for undertaking this amazing challenge and are hugely grateful for his support.
You can keep up to date with Gareth’s training via his Facebook page.
You can donate via Gareth’s JustGiving page.
This year I am taking part in the Southend colourthon. A 13.1 mile walk around Southend. I will be dividing my funds this year between Southend hospital charitable foundation and Little People UK. Check out my link. Every penny counts. Thank you.
Kay recently held a lucky dip, with all funds raised going to LPUK; entries were £2 per dip, with the prizes to be won included: Body shop items, Sweet treats, Costume jewellery, Toiletries, Kay's home beauty gift vouchers and more.
A total of £32 was raised!
In 2017 Kay wanted to remind everyone why she supports LPUK -
Many of you ask why I chose to support Little People UK?.....
Some of you may not know my uncy Gee has Achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism.
Growing up in the 60s and 70s he had a incredibly tough time. Disabilities were not looked at the same back then, and even though people have become more accepting over the years there still seems to be alot of ridicule that surrounds those with dwarfism. This can extremely damaging to an individuals well being as well as those who surround them.
Little People UK started with the aim to provide support to those with the condition as well as their friends and family. By including family and friends in events such as conventions and fundraisers creates a safe and encouraging environment promoting a positive future for those with the condition. The charity has managed to expand, so they can now provide information on things such as PIP allowance, equipment hire and access to medical specialists.
There are over 200 types of dwarfism, all come with many ailments, the charity has managed set up an equipment hire scheme allowing members to hire items such as mobility scooters, grabbers and more.
Little People UK is completely reliant on donations. They receive no other funding.
With this in mind i have a made it my goal to raise as much money for LPUK in the hope that going foward we can spread awareness of the condition making a more stable, supportive and fairer future. As well as supporting the physical and emotional needs of those with the condition.
Kay has recently organised a raffle; raising £77, and has also arranged an Afternoon Tea in Southend, to raise funds for LPUK.
Kay raised a fantastic £193.35 at her recent Afternoon Tea!
My name is Kay Kelly, I am 29 years old and from Southend-on-Sea in Essex. I only very recently found out about LPUK.
I follow Warwick on face book and twitter and saw some posts about dwarfism awareness month last October. I shared the posts during that month and looked a little into the charity having not come across it before.
I have an uncle who is a dwarf, born 18 months after my dad Uncy Gee is 4ft 2. From a young age I have been very aware of the difficulties Uncy Gee has come across on a day to day basis, whether it be difficulty with everyday jobs around the home that everyone else may take for granted or the outside worlds perception of little people.
I felt compelled to start spreading the word about LPUK and to help raise funds for them. As well as raising funds and awareness for the charity I am keen to help raise awareness of the condition itself helping to change peoples perceptions.
In February I threw a fundraising event called 'Love for Little People UK' , the event was on Valentines weekend and took place in a local Chinese restaurant. As well as £5 from every ticket sold, I raised funds through a raffle, selling charity merchandise, photo booth donations and Valentines sweetie cones. In total the event raised £843.67.
I am now in training for my next fundraiser the Moonlight Colourthon, an organised 13.1 mile walk around the local town at night, anyone can take part for any (registered) charity they wish to raise funds for. I have opted for a modest £150 goal (but would love to raise more). To donate, please visit my JustGiving page.
Once I have completed the Colourthon I will be moving on to my next fundraiser in September which will be linked with Jeans For Genes day. I will be holding a bake sale and raffle within the beauty salon that I manage.
In between all of the different fundraisers I have created a Fundraising Facebook page where I share all the details of my fundraising plans as well as sharing other fundraising ideas, information videos and links.
Huge congratulations and thank you to Richard Bannister for completing the Virgin London Marathon yesterday to raise funds for Little People UK!
What an amazing achievement and we can't thank you enough for thinking of LPUK when you decided to take this up. Richard completed the marathon in a fantastic time of 4 hours and 50 minutes.
Donations can still be made via the JustGiving page!
Hello, I'm Richard Bannister, and in 2016 I shall be running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of LPUK.
This will be my ninth, and quite possibly, my last marathon.
I ran my first marathon whilst at junior school at the tender age of nine, although the distance was spread over a few days running! I have since run a further seven full marathons, Dublin twice, Edinburgh twice, Nottingham, Chester and London along with numerous half marathons, 10k's, 5k's and also a couple of kilomathons too! I'm not the best runner in the world by a long shot, but I have enjoyed it over the years and in my final marathon I'm hoping to finally crack the sub four hours time, but that remains to be seen!
I'm a serving firefighter for Humberside Fire Service stationed in Grimsby, Lincolnshire and I enjoy my job immensely. It certainly brings up many surprises as no two days are ever the same! But probably the best part of the job I do is helping people in so many different ways, being there when someone needs our help.
I have a great family life with my lovely wife Lisa and our lovely ten year old son, Joseph. We love to go walking and camping and generally try to have fun as much as possible.
I'm really looking forward to raising the awareness of Little People UK by running the marathon and will hopefully see some of you during and after the race.
To sponsor Richard please visit his JustGiving page here.
LPUK Patron and Chairperson, Warwick and Sam Davis, visited Louth on Monday, to help launch Richard Bannister's Virgin London Marathon run.
Richard is a school friend of Sam and after seeing her nominated for Inspirational Women of the Year 2014 on ITV’s Lorraine, decided to get in touch, with his intention of running the London Marathon and raising funds for LPUK.
Richard previously explained: “I ran my first marathon whilst at junior school at the tender age of nine, although the distance was spread over a few days running! I have since run a further seven full marathons, Dublin twice, Edinburgh twice, Nottingham, Chester and London along with numerous half marathons, 10k's, 5k's and also a couple of kilomathons too! I'm not the best runner in the world by a long shot, but I have enjoyed it over the years and in my final marathon I'm hoping to finally crack the sub four hours time, but that remains to be seen!”
This will be Richard’s ninth marathon and possibly his last, and he has set a target of £2,000.
To donate and help Richard meet his target, please visit his JustGiving page here.
In February, LPUK patron and chairperson Warwick and Sam Davis visited Louth, to launch Richard Bannister’s Virgin London Marathon run, since then Richard has been in full training for his ninth Virgin London Marathon, which is on Sunday 24th April, 2016. He has kindly taken time out of his training and work schedule to give us an update on how his training is going:
“So, training, how's it going? I'm not too sure to be honest! I know it's coming to its peak now, but my goodness, it's been a hard slog! Much, much harder than I anticipated! Even though this will be my ninth marathon, training this time has really surprised me and been much harder than I thought it would be. Possibly because I've not run for upwards of four years since my last marathon!
I've stuck to a training plan of three runs a week, a quick 2 miles, a tempo 6-8 miles and a long steady run of 12+ miles. Currently my long run distance is up to 19-20 miles. Along with three runs a week on non running days I do strength and core training as well as cycling on my turbo trainer.
I have decided to take this week off running as I feel physically exhausted and have quite a few aches and pains. Hopefully this short rest will give me a new lease of life for the final three weeks training before the marathon on April 24th. I have to say a massive thanks to Amanda McMullen at Massage For All in Louth for her continued support and skill. I really would be struggling even more if it wasn't for her help.
After saying all that though, I really am looking forward to the big day! I'm hoping I can grab the attention of Denise Lewis if she's doing her interviews on Tower Bridge again. Hopefully I can grab a few words with her on the TV to get some coverage for LPUK.
Fingers crossed I can reach my target of £2000 sponsorship for LPUK. This is the most important thing for me. I don't mind how long it takes me to get round the marathon or how much pain it gives me doing it, it's all about the help I can give to people I'm never going to meet! That's what is important to me, helping others.”
Little People UK are hugely grateful to Richard for attempting this amazing feat, we really do value his fundraising and even more, his support.
If anyone can go to cheer Richard on, please do, he would be immensely grateful for your encouragement, and of course, we want to show our appreciation. If you can’t make it, don’t forget to tune in to watch the Virgin London Marathon on BBC, hopefully we will see Richard on the television.
Once again, a huge thank you from everyone at LPUK.
If you would like to donate, please visit his JustGiving page.