So a new year and be rude not to raise some funds for a couple of worthy charities. This year I am doing five races (mad fool!) for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children and the Children’s Trust.
The five races are:
May 17th Staines 10K
June 14th Orpington High Elms 10K
July date TBC Dorney Dash 10K
Aug 9th Bushy Park 10K
Oct 25th Great South Run (Portsmouth)
It is a big ask as I normally only do three races per year, still no Ealing half-marathon this year as ten miles is my limit now.
About the two chosen charities:
The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country.
That all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.
For children with brain injury and their families, we aim…
- to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for care, rehabilitation, education and research
- to reach out to children and families in their own community
- to provide expert advice, training and information
- to make our voice heard.
The Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Children’s hospices support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families.
Children’s hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years.
This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.
A children’s hospice may offer complex symptom control during periods of active treatment. In many cases there is no cure. In others, treatment has been tried but failed and the focus has transferred from active to palliative care.
When a diagnosis is given, families often feel very isolated. Children’s hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere. – See more here.