|Running for Orpheus|
- Published: Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:00
On Sunday 9th April Daisy Hopson ran the Brighton 10k to raise vital funds for the Orpheus Centre in memory of her brother, Mike.
Running 10k was an ambitious task for Daisy as she could only just about jog a quarter of the distance a few weeks prior, but the fond memories of her brother encouraged her to persevere. Mike Hopson was once a student at the centre and he would often say “I don’t want to walk and talk; I want to sing and dance!” summing up exactly what it means to be an Orpheus student. Mike was a true performer and loved taking part in Orpheus productions. He had a wicked sense of humour, a contagious laugh and was always kind to others. After graduating, Mike continued to visit the Orpheus Centre for short courses in the arts. Sadly, in 2007, he passed away from a sudden illness.
Inspired by her brother’s life, Daisy now works at the Disabilities Trust in Sussex. She said “it seems like the right fit for something so close to my heart.” Additionally, it is her brother and his love for the Orpheus Centre that motivated Daisy to take on the challenge of running the 10k. After overcoming the hurdles of an injury, and just simply ‘not being a runner’, she completed the 10k in 1.03! Moreover, she surpassed by far her original target of £250, and raised over £1000 to help more young disabled adults to learn and perform at the Orpheus Centre and to go on to live independent lives.
About the Orpheus Centre
Orpheus is an independent specialist college that increases the confidence and skills of young disabled adults through the performing arts. We believe every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. We offer a holistic learning programme, a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary support service.
The Orpheus Centre, North Park Lane, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8ND