Charity in national radio appealBy Lewis Rudd
February 03, 2012
Wokingham folk are being asked to tune in to BBC Radio Four this weekend and hear about the work of a charity providing help and support to townspeople who have brittle bones.
The Brittle Bone Society has been granted a slot on the station’s Charity Appeal, which will be broadcast at 7.55am and 9.26am on Sunday, February 5.
Trustee Samantha Renke will present the appeal on behalf of the charity, which is the only organisation of its kind in the UK supporting people who have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a genetic disease which results in some sufferers being born with multiple fractures.
Wokingham residents Samantha and James Drinkwater are just two people coping with OI who have sought help from the society.
Despite being wheelchair-bound, both enjoy active lifestyles, obtained degrees from university, learned to drive and have been involved with groups such as the Scouts and Venture Scouts.
Supporters of the charity locally have helped raise more than £30,000 for the cause over the last 30 years.
Janet Shackell, who is among those raising money for the charity in Wokingham, said: “The charity unfortunately does not get the high profile other charities get and so depends on funds local groups like us raise.”