This year’s Chosen Charity is Ataxia UK

Ataxia – Supporting people with ataxia until a treatment or cure is found

Ataxia is a little known disease with a big impact. My dear friend and fellow Wokingham mum, Elaine, lost her darling daughter, Emily, to Ataxia in December 2019.

Ataxia is the name given to a group of neurological disorders that cause disruption between the cerebellum and our muscles. This causes difficulties with coordination, balance and speech, and that’s just the beginning. There are over 200 different types, and although some forms of ataxia are treatable, there is currently no cure for this debilitating condition.

Ataxia UK exists to support anyone affected by ataxia and to fund research into treatments and a cure.

Hannah’s jump for Emily

Emily was a brave and beautiful young woman who rose to the challenge of Ataxia with courage, dignity and humour. She lived her too-short life to the full, travelling extensively and seeking out adventures. One of her unfulfilled goals was a skydive … and now, to celebrate her 21st birthday her close friend, Hannah, is doing a skydive to raise money for Ataxia UK.

Please go to to find out more. Donations warmly welcomed.

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Hannah (left) and Emily (right)