Friday, 28 March 2014


 Claire Borton and Elaine Green have been friends since they were 2 years old, and they’ve gone through a lot of major events together over the years. They were neighbours on the same street in Long Eaton, attended the same Playgroup, dance school, Infant school, junior school and even senior school.

They spent their 20’s enjoying many nights out and weekends away together. Claire even did the best man’s speech at Elaine’s wedding! Then in 2008, Elaine had her second child, a little boy called Samuel. There were complications at the birth and at 12 weeks old Samuel was diagnosed with several life limiting conditions. Quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, scoliosis of the spine and global developmental delay, he is also registered blind and unable to walk or talk and requires around the clock care and takes many medications on a daily basis. Samuel has undergone 5 operations to date and there are plans for a 6th operation and Samuel has only just turned 6, he is such a brave little boy and has been given the nickname SUPERSAMAfter losing 2½ stone Claire was looking for something to Challenge herself and decided on a 10k race. Having never done anything like this before it’s a major Challenge in itself especially as Claire is asthmatic. Claire then discovered that Elaine was trying to raise funds for a specialised chair for Samuel, so decided to ask Elaine if she could help raise the funds by doing the run for Samuel, Elaine is not the type to seek charity but she finally agreed.

Claire then suggested to Elaine that they do it together, having done most other major events together, Elaine somewhat nervously agreed. Elaine faces daily challenges with Samuel and Claire just wants to help towards making one of those challenges a little easier. The custom designed chair is called a p-pod, which is comfortable whilst giving Samuel the correct support in areas where it’s needed. Samuel can not sit normally on a sofa due to many factors of his condition; he has to use his wheelchair to sit in around the house, which can get very uncomfortable for him, so getting the p-pod will make a massive difference to Samuel and because it will be on wheels can be moved easily from room to room.

Claire & Elaine will be raising money through sponsorship forms and a live donation link which is live until 19th April 2014. The 10k race they will be running is on Easter Monday 21st April 2014 at Wollaton park and they are hoping for lots of friends and family to come along and support them.