GREAT Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) families, friends, staff and celebrity supporters were amongst more than 4,600 participants at RBC Race for the Kids in Hyde Park on Saturday (8 October), which took place in person for the first time since 2019.
This year’s 5k fun run, which has so far raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for GOSH Charity, was officially started by Felicity, 10, who has had open heart surgery at GOSH, and Maia, 7, who at weeks old received a pioneering procedure at the hospital to strengthen her windpipe.
Fundraisers – including actors Jason Isaacs, Michael Greco and Ben Willbond – took to the leafy paths of Hyde Park by foot, wheelchair, scooter or pushchair to complete the distance, with the route designed to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
GOSH Charity hosted the race for the 13th time as part of the global RBC Race for the Kids, a series of family fun runs in support of children and youth charities across the globe. To date, the series has attracted more than 325,000 participants worldwide who have collectively raised more than CD$74 million.
As well as the many who turned up to the iconic Royal Park, many opted to take part from home throughout the weekend, selecting a distance of their choice to complete in their local neighbourhood.
Louise Parkes, Chief Executive of GOSH Charity, said:
“Congratulations to everyone who took part in RBC Race for the Kids on Saturday. It was a fantastic event, and what a pleasure it was to see all our wonderful GOSH families, friends and fundraisers together once again after two years apart. I’d also like to say thank you to our amazing participants who took part from home. All funds, no matter how they’re raised, will go towards supporting seriously ill children who are treated at GOSH.
Dave Thomas, the CEO, of RBC Europe, said:
“It was a privilege to be part of RBC Race for the Kids on Saturday, which took place in person for the first time since 2019. The event is always a highlight in the Royal Bank of Canada calendar, and we are proud to be longstanding supporters of GOSH Charity, whose work is vital in supporting seriously ill children and their families at GOSH.”