Charity fundraiser Craig Walter, who is raising awareness for gaps in special care for people with muscle-wasting conditions, has been supported in his campaign by GPS vehicle tracking provider, RAM Tracking.
Walter, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has raised £4,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Yorkshire and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign on a tour of the UK travelling from John O’Groats to Land’s End, including a trip to Westminster.
Each of the 2,342 miles travelled during Walter’s challenge was tracked by RAM and published in an interactive map so friends, family and supporters could follow his journey.
RAM also assisted in covering the provision of Walter’s two accompanying carers throughout the tour and pledged a donation for every new customer order taken during the 12 day journey.
Walter's challenge was the first to be supported by RAM’s recently launched RAM Foundation, a programme created to extend the benefits of GPS vehicle tracking to charity events.
In the past, RAM’s support of charity initiatives through vehicle tracking and the provision of an interactive map have resulted in between a 30-40% increase in donations, and the RAM Foundation aims to boost this offering.
As a direct result of Walter’s Westminster meeting with 16 MPs, Norman Lamb MP, minister for care and support, a meeting has been arranged with a senior manager at NHS England to discuss how clinic provision for muscular dystrophy patients can be improved.
On completion of his challenge, Walter said: “I’d just like to thank everyone or their support along my journey.
"You’ve helped me raise over £4,000 to split between the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Martin House Children’s Hospice, I know how far that money can go and I’m very grateful for each and every donation.
“I will soon be meeting with the senior manager at the NHS, which is a brilliant result from my Downing Street meeting. Thank you for keeping me going and keeping me motivated.”
Chris McClellan, director of RAM Tracking, said “It’s been amazing to see the overwhelming support from colleagues, friends and family getting involved in fundraising for good causes.
“We can’t wait to see where the RAM Foundation goes from here – and urge any charities or challenges to get in touch.
"Craig has never let his condition get the best of him and is a true inspiration for everyone who hears his story.
"His challenge has proven to be a huge success and we’re very proud to have been part of his journey.”