Band 26 join Ted, 11 and blind, in his goal to raise £30,000 for his favourite charity
June 1, 2020

Inspired by Ted, and in aid of Living Paintings, talented singer-songwriter Emma Lawrence has put together Band 26 – a virtual band and choir made up of professional musicians to record a fantastic new version of ‘Higher Love’ by Steve Winwood.  Every performer recorded themselves in their own home, in isolation during lockdown, and Emma has mixed each track to create an amazing sound which truly reflects the spirit of supporting each other through tough times. Ted appears in the video along with fellow young blind library members 8 year old Tayen and 7 year old Jai-Ryan.

Enjoy Band 26 with ‘Higher Love’ and donate on the  Band 26 Just Giving Page to help Ted smash his target. Thank you!

Emma says,

“After reading Ted’s story and the amazing efforts he went through to raise money for the Living Paintings charity he truly has inspired us to do our bit to help.  Band 26 decided to use our creativity and musical abilities to help Ted. The words of this song shine inspiration and we want to spread this feeling.”


About Ted and his marathon story to raise £30,000 for his favourite charity

After hearing about Colonel Tom Moore and his fundraising challenge for the NHS, 11-year-old Ted felt inspired. Like Colonel Tom, he wanted to do something great for a charity he loved.

Ted has been blind since the age of two. An avid science fan and reader, Ted regularly borrows our Touch to See books because they help him “make sense of the world”. So, with the help of his family – dad Richard, mum Natalie, sister Hollie and dog Jay Jay – he decided to take on his own fundraising challenge for Living Paintings.

He said, “Having seen Captain Tom raise so much money I wondered if I could do something to raise some money for my favourite charity Living Paintings while I am in lockdown – so they can keep the books coming!”

Young library member Ted holding up a tactile copy of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

The challenge was to run 26.2 miles over 26 days starting on Sunday 26 April, either in his garden or in the field behind the family home – with friend JayJay trotting alongside, wagging his tail in support, of course!

As support on social media grew, the donations came flooding in. Twenty-six days later and his marathon complete, Ted had raised over £20,000 and received messages of support from astronaut Tim Peake, TV presenter Clare Balding, and champion cyclist Geraint Thomas!

Ted wearing a t-shirt that says, 'I read braille, what's your superpower'. He's standing in front of a TV showing Colonel Tom Moore.

England Cricketer Jos Buttler and his family joined the growing number of supporters inspired by Ted to take on their own fundraising challenges. You can find out all the crazy, amazing things they’ve been doing by visiting the Team Ted JustGiving page, here.

We’ll leave it to Ted to finish the story. We can’t speak for Colonel Tom but we’ve an inkling he’d feel just as proud and inspired by Ted as we do. Well done, Ted. Very well done indeed.

Ted with his hands in the air, facing away, house in the background, wearing a 2.6 Challenge bib

“I DID IT! all 26 days – and I got faster every day – I even ran backwards on my treadmill! Mum and Dad say they have never had so much exercise!

Thanks everyone who has supported me and please keep giving….. Can’t believe that a real England cricketer, Jos Buttler, has joined the team [Team Ted]. And also that I got video messages from Tim Peake, Clare Balding and Geraint Thomas …. they really helped me get through the last few days.

Living Paintings books mean the world to me. Thanks everyone who has supported me and please keep giving…”

Click here to go to Ted’s JustGiving page.

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