Ryan Carter can often be found lifting weights at the gym, but now he’s taking on a whole new kind of fitness challenge: running for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity! Until recently Ryan hadn’t ever taken on a running challenge, but he wanted to push himself physically and mentally to say thank you to Bristol Children’s Hospital for caring for his son Albie, now aged 2.
Albie was diagnosed with posterior urethral valves (PUV) at 28 weeks. Blockages in both of Albie’s urethras were causing urine to be pushed back into his kidneys, resulting in swelling and damage even before he was born. First-time parents Ryan and Gemma had to deal with the news that their son would have lifelong health problems.
Ryan said, “I don’t run, but I wanted to give something back to say a massive thank you for the unbelievable help and support that we received from Bristol Children’s Hospital. In our eyes, they saved our little boy and we are eternally grateful. I hope I can raise a lot to help this amazing charity support other children like Albie.”
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first time competitor like Ryan, it’s time to lace up your trainers and join#TeamGrandAppeal!
We’re delighted to that we are the official local charity partner for the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K and Family Mile for the second year in a row!
Join us for these exciting races on Sunday 7th May 2017, getting fit, having fun and raising vital funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
If you’re looking for a new challenge this year to take part in as a family, the family mile is the perfect choice. Mums, dads and little ones aged 3 and up can walk or run this special mile together after the main race, so get your family together for a grand day out. Sign up and get sponsored for The Grand Appeal, and you’ll be helping to support other families who need or may need the vital services at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Sign up today at www.grandappeal.org.uk/fundraise/get-fundraising/run
Since 1995 The Grand Appeal has funded life-saving equipment, patient facilities and family accommodation at Bristol Children’s Hospital, which treats children from across the South West, South Wales and beyond. For more information visit www.grandappeal.org.uk.