'Prankster' Chris to take on bubble popping challenge for North Anston hospice

Chris KayChris Kay
Chris Kay
An inspirational 12-year-old plans to burst his way through ten metres of bubble wrap in his wheelchair to raise funds to help his foster family and friends who visit a children’s hospice near Worksop.

Chris Kay, who has a degenerative neurological condition that means he’s unable to walk, discovered the additive joys of bubble-wrap popping when he was looking for something to fill the hours in lockdown.

Seeing just how much fun he was having, his foster carers Anne Reid and Catherine Mair decided to turn his new pastime into a ‘Popathon’ fundraising mission.

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The couple, who have collectively fostered more than 100 children, many of whom have complex needs, are currently looking after two children who visit Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Now big-hearted Chris is determined to help the charity that supports those closest to him by popping every bubble as quick as he can.

Foster carer Anne said: “We wanted to really give Chris something to focus on, something he can really get his teeth into.

“Having a degenerative condition and all the uncertainty that comes with it can be incredibly tough for him so we hope this will help build his confidence and self-esteem.

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“He’s such a prankster and he’s very funny so this challenge is right up his street. And it’s also a brilliant chance for him to help his family and friends who visit Bluebell Wood.

“Everyone loves Chris and he has the most beautiful smile so now it’s time to get behind him for his Popathon.”

Chris’s Popathon will take place on Sunday, September 20, at 2pm at Norfolk Park’s main entrance in Sheffield. People are invited to come and cheer him on, provided they do so safely and maintain social distancing.

Sally Baker, community fundraising manager at Bluebell Wood, said: “This is such a fantastic and fun challenge and we can’t thank Chris and his foster family enough for their amazing support.

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“We can’t wait to see him in action we’ll be behind him every step of the way. Best of luck, Chris.”

You can support Chris’s challenge and families supported by Bluebell Wood at ww.justgiving.com/fundraising/popathon2020.