In April 2017 Daisy Hopson ran the Brighton 10k - an ambitious task for a person who could just about jog 3 km a few weeks before. Daisy didn’t decide to take on this mammoth challenge for fun; she took it on to raise vital funds for the Orpheus Centre in memory of her brother, Mike.

Mike Hopson was once an on-site student at the centre and he can simply be described as the quintessence of what it means to be an Orpheus student. “I don’t want to walk and talk; I want to sing and dance!” he would exclaim. 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. The Orpheus Centre was his home for four years; his flat was truly his - painted bright purple and covered in Buffy the Vampire Slayer posters. After graduating, Mike continued to visit the Orpheus Centre for short courses. Sadly, it was whilst attending a summer course that Mike passed away peacefully from a sudden illness. However, Mike Hopson has left an inspiring legacy.

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. Surpassing by far her original target of £250, she 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.

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