Join this fun run and family day out to support seriously ill children

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RBC Race for the Kids, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s annual day out with a difference, is back this October. Get involved to help support seriously ill children while having fun with your family.

Held each year in London’s Hyde Park, RBC Race for the Kids is a 5k fun run that raises much needed funds for the children, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The money raised from this year’s event, held on Saturday 7 October, will go towards building a new, world-leading Children’s Cancer Centre at GOSH. With 1,800 children diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, the centre will give more children the chance to lead happy, healthy lives.

You’re encouraged to raise as much as you can for this important cause, while getting out there and having fun. The course is accessible, so you can join the race your way, whether you walk, jog, wheel or scoot. You can even bring your four-legged friends and, what’s more, children go free.

Once you’ve completed the route and collected your medal at the finish line, enjoy the festival atmosphere at the event village. There will be live entertainment, face painting, crazy golf, a climbing wall, circus workshop, bubble performer, food and drink, and more. Something for everyone!

Charlotte’s story

Six-year-old Charlotte was rushed to GOSH in 2021 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour at her local hospital.

When Charlotte first became poorly, she was sick frequently, and doctors thought she had acid reflux. But when the medication they put her on didn’t help, and her symptoms got worse, her mum, Clare, knew something else was wrong.

“Charlotte was gradually getting worse. More and more kept happening; her voice changed, she started dragging her leg, and her walk went funny. Eventually, I went to the GP, and I just cried. I said, ‘There’s something wrong with my child, you’ve got to do something’. The GP phoned our local hospital, and we were told to go in that day.”

At the hospital, Charlotte had a CT scan which showed she had a brain tumour, and she was rushed to GOSH that night. Two days later, she was in the operating theatre having a 10-hour operation to remove the tumour.

“After surgery, we were told her tumour was benign, and that they had been able to remove all of it. There was only a 5% chance of it coming back. We thought the ordeal was over and we were thanking our lucky stars,” Clare remembers.

But a few months later during a routine MRI, Charlotte’s family were told the tumour had come back. This time, it was too close to the brain stem to operate, and her only option was to start on an 18-month course of chemotherapy. She has now finished her treatment and visits GOSH every three months for a check-up.

Clare, Charlotte and their family signed up for RBC Race for the Kids 2022 because they wanted to give something back to GOSH. They can’t wait for this year’s event.

“We had a really good time, so we decided it was something we’d want to do every year,” Clare says.

“There are lots of different types of people who take part, some in wheelchairs, some in pushchairs, some scooting. It has a real community feel. Last year, Charlotte took part in her pushchair, but this year she will probably half walk it and half be on my husband’s shoulders.”

Are you keen to take part? Sign up for RBC Race for the Kids today. And if you can’t make it to Hyde Park, you can still get involved RBC Race for the Kids at Home!

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