Spice Girl Emma Bunton joined patients from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), their families, GOSH staff and employees from Royal Bank of Canada to officially launch this year’s RBC Race for the Kids fun run. The event takes place on Saturday 12 October in London’s iconic Hyde Park and will raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Emma met GOSH patients Harry, 7, Jessy, 14, Daniel, 5 and Harry 7 who are all taking part in this year’s inclusive 5K fun run with their families to say thank you to GOSH for the care they have received. This year marks the 10th year of the fun run which has raised an incredible £5 million to help seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at the hospital.
Five-year-old Daniel who will be running with his mum Rosemary, dad Michael and older brother Joshua, spent a month at Great Ormond Street Hospital earlier this year after bumping his knee rather innocuously playing at home.
A few days later Daniel began struggling to walk, had swelling and severe pain in his knee, ankle and elbow. Following multiple tests at his local hospital, Daniel was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital to be seen by specialists.
The family have signed up to take part in RBC Race for the Kids on Saturday 12 October.
“Daniel underwent many tests as doctors tried to rule out a number of conditions, he had MRI scans, blood tests, an echocardiogram, liver tests and bones looked at. Eventually, the amazing team who had taken him under their wing were able to come up with a working diagnosis of Systemic onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, an extremely rare disease.
“We are all looking forward to taking part in RBC Race for the Kids this October, it will be lovely to see Daniel with his brother Josh picking up the medal at the end. Even if he can’t run the whole thing, to see him set off at the start line and get to the end will be very special for us all because there were times earlier this year that we wouldn’t have thought this possible.”
Emma Bunton said:
“Having visited the hospital over the years, I know what a difference the money raised at RBC Race for the Kids makes so I’d urge everyone to sign up and join in all the fun!
“This year’s event will have an amazing family festival with all sorts of games and activities to keep you entertained so get your family and friends involved and you’ll all have a great time!”
Suitable for all ages and abilities, the inclusive fun run will see participants run, walk, scoot, wheel or jog around the accessible 5k course in support of the world-famous children’s hospital. Participants can join individually or in teams, taking in beautiful views of Hyde Park as they go and, after the event there will be a family festival to enjoy including face painting, games, music and entertainment. RBC Race for the Kids is a great day out for all and this year kids go free!
For more information about the event and to register for a place please visit: gosh.org/rbcraceforthekids