King’s Lynn man challenges himself to run 100km to raise funds for the Rudham Children’s Ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Craig Roberts is hoping to raise £2,000 by taking on the “ultra-marathon” in the Peak District on July 13th 2019.
Rudham, the acute paediatric ward at the QEH, holds a special place in the hearts of Craig and his family. Craig’s son, Teddy, was rushed into hospital for an emergency appendectomy in June 2017 and stayed on Rudham for 5 nights. As well as this, two of Craig’s cousin’s children, both with life-changing diagnosis’, have had numerous stays on Rudham from a young age.
Craig has been training for the event since March this year. He said: “Before, during and after Teddy’s operation, the team on Rudham Ward was fantastic in supporting us.
“I wanted to give something back to the team who has cared for my son and my cousins’ children. On every visit we have all received really good care and can’t praise them enough.”
Craig’s 100km route, organised by Action Challenge, meanders across the famous national park in a figure of eight map, passing through Bakewell, Taddington and Minninglow, with highlights including Chatsworth House and Millers Dale Viaduct.
Ward Manager, Mandy McMurray, said: “The money will be put towards decorating our ‘Quiet Room’ which is used by staff to undertake mental health assessments and break difficult news. As well as this, we are investing in our cubicles to make them more child-friendly and comfortable, as a hospital stay can be distressing for a young person.”
To donate to Craig, please visit his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-roberts100k
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Pictured: Craig running the Manchester Marathon in 2017 and Craig running Cambridge Boundary Marathon in March.
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