Sam Renke presents this week's appeal for the Brittle Bone Society
The Radio 4 Appeal has got off to a flying start in 2012. The first four charities of the New Year have together raised over £50,000.
So I just wanted to say a big thank you to our listeners.
I also wanted to share the feedback from the charities. National Nightline wrote "We're really overwhelmed by the support". African Initiatives said: "The appeal has exceeded our expectations, it really does mean so much to our small charity that so many people have given money to support the life changing work that we do."
Joss Ackland's wife died of Motor Neurone Disease and he made a very heartfelt appeal for the MND Association, donations ranged from £3 to £1000. The Bishop Simeon Trust told me that it was: "a real boost - to know that other people are supporting your work."
This week's appeal is for the Brittle Bone Society and it is presented by one of their trustees: Sam Renke. I know that it is very important to her that through this appeal she can be a voice for the other members of the Brittle Bone Society.
"One of the most amazing experiences I have had with the charity was attending our first youth event VOICE in 2010. This conference enabled me to exchange experiences of living with the condition of OI with people from across the UK. It was the first time in my life that I felt one hundred percent comfortable in my own skin, surrounded by people who understood me completely without prejudice or judgment. I came away from the event with a whole new array of knowledge about OI - Brittle Bones and how others cope on a day-to-day basis. The people I met were determined and inspirational in their own way, meeting them encouraged me to have more drive and to truly believe that anything is possible regardless of disability."
Thank you for your continued support.
Sally Flatman is the BBC Radio 4 Appeals producer