WITH a month to go until Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s (GOSH Charity) RBC Race for the Kids, three children treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) received a special surprise from four sporting heroes.
Paralympic triple gold medallist in swimming and former GOSH patient, Ollie Hynd MBE, and Tokyo 2020 Olympic BMX champion, Beth Shriever, paid a surprise visit to Sara (nine), Joe (nine) and Amelia (four), who will all be taking part in RBC Race for the Kids on 16 and 17 October this year to raise vital funds for seriously ill children cared for at GOSH.
The athletes shared words of inspiration with the children, speaking of their sporting achievements and the challenges they have overcome — proving that anyone can achieve their goals and ambitions, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Sara, an aspiring Paralympian herself said:
“It was great to meet Beth and Ollie. They’ve really inspired me to become a Paralympian.”
While Joe – who at six years old had to re-learn to walk after receiving pioneering surgery to treat symptoms of Cerebral Palsy – added:
“I was very excited to meet Ollie and Beth today, it was just amazing.”
This year’s virtual RBC Race for the Kids will take place over a weekend of celebration with people of all ages and abilities taking to their local park or pavement by foot, wheelchair or scooter to complete their own ‘race’.
Participants can sign up for free at rbcraceforthekids.com, select their city and associated charity and choose their preferred race distance to complete during the weekend of the 16 and 17 October.
And with participants able to take part from their own doorsteps once more, this year’s race offers a level of accessibility not seen in in-person events. People from all over the world, whatever their ability, can sign up to be part of the action without needing to travel to one central location in their local city.
For the first time, racers can track their progress via a brand-new app available to download from the App Store and Google Play, which will connect participants from all over the world. The app features a news feed, leaderboard and team pages and allows participants to integrate wearables to track and share their training with participants across the globe. Users can also unlock augmented reality features and a RBC Spotify playlist with lots of in-app surprises over the Race weekend. All participants will also receive digital medals and rewards.
The money raised will go towards funding the hospital’s most urgent needs, including research into pioneering new treatments, cutting-edge medical equipment, support services for children and their families, such as parent accommodation and the hospital’s Play team, and the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.
Former GOSH patient and three-time Paralympic gold medallist in swimming for Team GB, Ollie Hynd, said:
“I’ve always believed that you can do anything you put your mind to, and meeting GOSH patients, Sara, Amelia-Rose and Joe today has reminded me just how true this is. It was a pleasure to talk to them about their future ambitions and how they will be taking part in this year’s virtual RBC Race for the Kids.
“Having been a GOSH patient myself, I know just how important it is to raise money for GOSH Charity to give children and their parents the best possible care and support. I encourage everyone who can to raise as much money as possible.”
Team GB Olympic champion in BMX racing at Tokyo 2020, Beth Shriever, said:
“It was so inspiring to meet Sara, Joe and Amelia-Rose today. Their resilience and positivity having gone through so much is amazing.
“RBC Race for the Kids is such a brilliant, inclusive event, and the fact that people can take part from their own home this year makes it all the more accessible. I can’t wait to hear how they get on and will be looking out for them at future sporting events!”
RBC Race for the Kids started in 2009 and grew into a global series of 17 in-person events benefiting children and youth charities. To date, the series has seen over 290,000 participants who have collectively raised more than CD$65million. When the pandemic struck, RBC pivoted to a global virtual format and last year over CD$8.8million was raised for 36 youth charities. GOSH Charity, which has partnered with RBC since 2010, has raised more than £8million over the past 11 years, making a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families from across the UK.
For more information and to sign up to take part, please visit: rbcraceforthekids.com/event/gosh.
Participants can choose from distances of 1km, 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km.