Three friends from the West Midlands have raised almost £9,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Centre Appeal.
Phillipa Bullock (31), Lizzie Davidson (30) and Emma Reddock (21) all ran the Great Birmingham Run at the weekend.
The trio decided upon Birmingham Children’s Hospital as their charity of choice after Pippa’s three year old nephew Ted was diagnosed in April with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Having never attempted a half marathon before, Phillipa, who admits she is not a runner, said: “Nothing will ever prepare you for the shock of hearing that a loved one is unwell. You would do anything in the world to make them better, or to at least help to make their lives a little bit more bearable.”
Since diagnosis, Ted and his family have spent several weeks in hospital whilst he undergoes intensive treatment.
Proud of their huge achievements from the run, the three friends have decided that their fundraising efforts for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre Appeal will continue until the £4 million goal has been reached.
“The ward is old, outdated and not suitable for these incredible families who fight for their lives every single day,” Phillipa added.
“The Great Birmingham Run was extremely challenging but the thought of Ted, his treatment and the pain everyone in the family has had to endure daily, kept me going. Improving the cancer unit will change the lives of everyone for the better, and give families the best environment in which to stay positive and keep on fighting.”
Louise McCathie, Head of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital said: “We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of people who have donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital as a result of being one of the chosen charities for this year’s Great Birmingham Run. What is particularly lovely in this case though is that Pippa has seen first-hand the expertise and care that we have already given to her nephew Ted, so she knows all too well how much of a difference the money from our Cancer Centre Appeal will make to patients like Ted.”
Phillipa finished the course in just over two hours, Lizzie in 1hr 56 minutes and Emma in 2hours and 21 minutes.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).