Great Ormond Street Hospital staff, patients, families and celebrity friends joined thousands of runners at the eighth annual RBC Race for the Kids in Hyde Park on Saturday.
England and Harlequins Rugby player Danny Care, presenter Vernon Kay and actress Denise Welch joined participants who took part in the inclusive 5K fun run by running, walking, scooting, and taking part in wheelchairs to help raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Danny Care said: “I’ve really enjoyed today, it was so inspiring to see children who have been through so much, take part with their families all to raise money for such an amazing hospital.”
Seven-year-old Great Ormond Street Hospital patient Noah Panchoo and his family from Greenwich in London took part in the inclusive race as a thank you for the treatment Noah has had since being diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Landau Kleffner Syndrome. At the peak of his epilepsy, Noah was having up to 40 seizures a day but since coming to GOSH he has been seizure free for three years.
Supported by Royal Bank of Canada for the eighth year running, this is the first year the race has taken place in Hyde Park and is expected to raise over half a million pounds which will go towards the hospital’s most urgent fundraising needs. These include pioneering research to find kinder and more effective treatments, providing advanced medical equipment and the essential refurbishment of the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care.
Tim Johnson, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity said: “It’s been a fantastic day here in Hyde Park celebrating our eighth RBC Race for the Kids fun run. 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. A huge thank you to everyone who joined us today, the money raised will make a huge difference to seriously ill children from across the UK.”
The race was supported by title sponsors Royal Bank of Canada with 1,700 members of staff, clients, friends and family taking part in the event. The bank who have supported the hospital since 2010 have raised more than £2 million thanks to staff fundraising, title sponsorship and generous donations.
Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe said: “The RBC Race for the Kids is one of the most inspiring and anticipated events for us at Royal Bank of Canada as it is a chance for us to support and engage with a truly deserving cause. It has been our privilege to support Great Ormond Street Hospital for the past eight years and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”
For more information about the event please visit: gosh.org/raceforthekids