This August, brothers Mitchel and Nathan Richards are each taking on a challenge to raise money and awareness for The Paul Ridd Foundation. Mitchel, a Mental Health Nursing Student from the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, will be climbing Mount Snowdon and Nathan will be taking on the world's fastest zipwire in Snowdonia with a goal of raising £500.
The Paul Ridd Foundation, which supports adults with learning difficulties, was set up in 2016 following a seven year legal battle with a local health board, following the death of Paul Ridd, a man from Baglan with learning disabilities whose death was attributed to neglect.
The Foundation has made a difference to hospitals in Wales and has created over 200 learning disability champions, who are on the ground within the hospital setting. These learning disability champions have influence on how care is delivered to individuals who have a learning disability.
Mitchel is a strong supporter of The Paul Ridd Foundation and has raised money through a Midnight Walk as well as a skydive with climbing nearly 3,000ft being his latest challenge.
Mitchel said: “My older brother is my best-friend, he needs a little support from time to time as he has a learning disability, but we do everything together, and this challenge is no exception and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Thanks to The Paul Ridd Foundation, I feel really confident and reassured that if Nathan were to have an inpatient hospital admission, the learning disability champions would have a great input into Nathan's care by making reasonable adjustments whilst being supported by learning disability liaison nurses.
“However, this has to continue and keep on improving within our hospitals to ensure each and every individual with a learning disability receives the care they deserve.
The Paul Ridd Foundation, and Mitchel and Nathan reach their goal, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mitchell-richards-2
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