Story

In 2008, our son Andrew was admitted to the A&E department of our local hospital. He had been unwell for a few weeks, but it kept being put down to colds or stomach bugs. His body had started shutting down and turning a mottled blue, and the doctors had trouble stabilising him enough to put him on a drip. He was x-rayed and diagnosed with severe pneumonia, and was given just a 50% of survival.

The same evening he was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, 130 miles from home, where he was fully diagnosed with pneumonia, empyema and a collapsed lung!

Andrew ended up being operated on, and having a chest drain inserted. He spent a total of 7 weeks in hospital. My wife lived in the hospital for the duration of his stay, whilst I spend half of my week at the hospital, and the other half of the week at home and work.

With the help of the surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, play specialists etc., Andrew made a remarkable full recovery, and now, you would never know that he had ever been so unwell.

The hospital is made up of a few wards, and those who look after children with high profile illnesses seem to attract a lot of donations and funding. However, the ward that Andrew stayed in, the Respiratory ward, receives nowhere near the level of donations that it so desperately needs. That’s why all money raised from my challenge will go directly to that ward.

Please don’t think that you won’t bother to donate because you can’t afford much – believe me, every penny helps!

Updates 2

One down, two to go! The first marathon was gruelling to say the very least. The weather went from raining, to sunny and warm, to wet and cold and windy. A very challenging day both physically and mentally. Completed in 5:14:00.

15/04/13 16:04

First marathon of the triple takes place tomorrow (14th April). I will be running the 30th Lochaber Marathon - starting out at 11am from Fort William, following the Road to the Isles and back!

13/04/13 10:00

Raising money for

Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Charity Registration No. SC020862

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation supports the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. We provide funding over and above NHS provision, to purchase vital extra's, which help to make time spent in hospital and in the community better for young patients and their families.

Donations 48

Well done Chris! x

Donation by Fiona Ball on 14/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Chris for raising all that money for such a worthwhile cause.

Donation by Julie on 10/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Mandy Ketchin on 04/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Maggie MacKinnon on 01/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Andrew Carr on 01/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Graham Cameron on 01/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by John Reed on 01/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Lorna MacPherson on 01/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Ronnie Maclean on 01/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Well done in the Lochaber Marathon, Chris!

Donation by Thomas Hooley on 30/09/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Well done! B x

Donation by Anonymous on 30/09/13

Donation by Lucy S on 22/09/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

You go Chris! You'll be magic and a true inspiration to us all :-)

Donation by Shona Brown on 22/09/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/13

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Donation by Elaine Liddell on 29/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Chris & good luck for the Edinburgh marathon:)

Donation by Karen Parsons on 26/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Chris, keep up the good work! You are a inspiration!

Donation by caroline walker on 23/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Nicola Forster on 19/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Colleen Maclean on 19/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Karen McGinty on 19/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Allison Macleod MacColl on 19/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Colette Strachan on 19/04/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Wendy Townsend on 14/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Noleen Souness on 13/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Just read your story - inspirational good luckn with the 3 in 2013

Donation by Judith Milligan on 12/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£448.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£20.00
  • Total raised£468.00
  • Gift Aid£114.50

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