Thank you – we raised £500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s £500,000 pot!
I’ve done a few fun runs before, but most have been more like themed experiential events rather than charity fundraisers, such as the Electric Run and Colour Run.
In a previous post, I explained my reasons for taking part in this year’s RBC Race for the Kids, however. As opposed to me possessing a burning enthusiasm for running, it was entry into fatherhood and starting a family that motivated me.
With the race completed on Saturday 7th October, I’m pleased to say that almost £500 (£447) has been raised, so an enormous thank you to each and every person who got behind me and contributed to the cause!
The Royal Bank of Canada has supported the event for eight years running and the 2017 outing of the RBC Race for the Kids is expected to generate more than £500,000 for the hospital.
The funding will go towards more effective treatments and modernisation of facilities and equipment to generate the best possible results for patients and their families.
4,000 people turned out on the day and it wasn’t just adults either – children and pets were also taken along for the journey as everyone united at Hyde Park with one common interest. Familiar faces in Vernon Kay, Denise Welch and England rugby player Danny Care (living up to his name apparently) turned out too.
Hearing about the story of seven-year-old Noah Panchoo, who was among those to complete the race, is precisely why I wanted to get involved. The GOSH patient was having 40 seizures a day at one point due to a rare epilepsy condition, but hasn’t had any for three years since visiting the hospital.
Becoming a dad has made me feel truly blessed. But it also opened my eyes to how difficult and terrifying it can be to have created someone so precious, who is reliant on you for absolutely everything, particularly as we had a couple of bumps in the road during pregnancy and once Roma was born, which thankfully passed. So when I heard about the @greatormondst @rbc Race for Kids, I felt an overwhelming urge to try and do something positive to support those children and families who continue to go through hard times. The race took place yesterday and I was supported by my two stunning cheerleaders and the many brilliant people who kindly made donations to Great Ormond Street Hospital – thank you all! And well done to everyone who took part 👏🏃🏅 (Donations can still be made via the link in my bio) #DADultLife #RBCRacefortheKids
“I’ve met some really inspirational children and families, who are treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital and who come back year after year to take part in this truly special event,” said Tim Johnson, chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, calling the event a “fantastic day”.
“A huge thank you to everyone who joined us, the money raised will make a huge difference to seriously ill children from across the UK.”
Having taken part in the RBC Race for the Kids, and continuing to enjoy every bit of fatherhood, I’m embarking on a new project, which I’ll be pleased to announce in the next week or so.
If you’re interested in taking part, please keep your eyes peeled – and if you’d like to make any further donations to the RBC Race for the Kids fund, you can still do so.