On  Sunday 15th October,  Helen, CEO, ran and completed the Manchester half marathon to raise money for the amazing Manchester Children’s Hospital, part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity.  Having only a few weeks to train, Helen completed the run in 2 hours 41 minutes.  A real achievement with an added bonus of £783 raised to date.

Why did she run?  Here is her story…..

A year ago, having been suffering with headaches, my 14 year old niece, Niamh, was diagnosed with a brain tumour near her optic nerve. The very next day, a Sunday, she had an 11 hour operation to remove her tumour in this hospital.

A few weeks after this operation Niamh developed water on the brain due to the surgery and had to endure two further operations. All the staff were so supportive and Niamh’s parents and brother, Jack were able to stay close by in their Ronald McDonald House. Thankfully her tumour was benign but due to its location Niamh has suffered with double vision and walking difficulties. She’s been incredibly brave throughout and is now well enough to be back in school full-time, in Year 11, having regular checks at Christie’s Manchester.

Manchester Children’s Hospital treated several child victims of the Manchester Arena bomb in May and their Burns Unit is where my eldest son, William, had surgery on his hands in November 2014.

Our family are very grateful to this special hospital.