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£3,125raised of £1,500 target by 39 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,125 to give to the three hospital trusts in New Zealand who saved Daisy's life. Rotorua Hospital, Rescue Helicopter Trust and Starship.

    Cornwall, England
    Funded on Sunday, 4th March 2018

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    Exactly 6 months ago today, on March 4th 2017, our 10 year old daughter Daisy underwent major neurosurgery to remove a life-threatening brain abscess. We were on the other side of the world, in New Zealand, 6 months in to a year's adventure around the world when she became dangerously ill with bacterial meningitis that then led to her developing a brain abscess.

    Having been rushed by ambulance from a remote corner of the North Island, she was diagnosed and treated for bacterial meningitis in Rotorua Hospital before being transferred by emergency air ambulance to New Zealand's flagship children's hospital, Starship, in Auckland. Here the Neurosurgery team discovered the brain abscess and performed the surgery that saved her life.

    We were unbelievably lucky to have found ourselves in the care of the most wonderful team of consultants, nursing staff and rehabilitation teams through what I can only describe as the darkest months imaginable.

    The consultant who headed up her care told us at her discharge that he could count on one hand the children who had survived what she went through with no life-altering side effects, she is our little miracle and we wanted to do something in return to show our utter gratitude to everyone involved in her care.

    Now back in England, in our new home in Cornwall, we have decided to run the coastline of Cornwall to raise money for the three key charitable trusts: Rotorua Hospital, The Rescue Helicopter Trust and The Starship Foundation.

    We wanted to stay safe, so avoiding some of the more perilous parts of the coast path with four young children in tow we have decided to run the bays! According to Wikipedia there are 38 bays in Cornwall, from our map 35 of these have beaches that we can run, so run them we will! We intend to start from the North Coast border with Devon and run our way across every bay to the South Coast Devon border, over the next 6 months. Grabbing every free weekend or school holiday and spending it together as a family surrounded by the wild, healing sea air to blow away the bad memories, enrich our love of this gorgeous county AND most importantly hopefully raise lots of money!

    For more information or to follow our progress, check out our blog: O'Sheas Run The Bays Blog



    • Melanie O'Shea9 months ago
      Melanie O'Shea

      Melanie O'Shea

      9 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      A final and absolutely enormous THANK YOU to all of our incredible sponsors, you totally smashed our target!! We have raised a staggering £3,125, which combined with the £1,500 that we are donating ourselves means that we have over NZ$7,500 to donate to the charitable trusts whose awe-inspiring staff saved Daisy's life exactly this time last year! Your support and encouragement has enabled us to makes this fabulous gesture and I cannot thank you all enough. For any further updates please check our blog:

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    • Melanie O'Shea9 months ago
      Melanie O'Shea

      Melanie O'Shea

      9 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      To the anonymous donator who just gave us £1,500...THANK YOU!!!!! We feel utterly overwhelmed and so thrilled to be able to give so much to these charities. Thank you from the bottom of heart to you and everyone who has bay runs happening in the snow today!!

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    • Melanie O'Shea9 months ago
      Melanie O'Shea

      Melanie O'Shea

      9 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      AMAZING... We've done it!!!!! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for helping us to reach our target, we are profoundly grateful. We are running a lot, getting the last of the bays done before our deadline of 4th March so please feel free to send this link around one final time to see if we can get any extra pennies in the pot before then. Your money will ensure that horrendously ill children and their families get the incredible level of care that we experienced. XX

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    • Clare Woodhouse

      Clare Woodhouse

      Mar 3, 2018

      Well done the O’Sheas for running the bays! Lots of 💕




      Mar 2, 2018

      Well done, great idea.


    • Anonymous


      Mar 1, 2018

      We are so pleased Daisy has recovered and the family is supporting the people that have helped her. Have fun on the walks!


    • Daniel Annett

      Daniel Annett

      Feb 16, 2018

      Cool running’s O’Shea’s xx


    • Sophie Annett

      Sophie Annett

      Feb 16, 2018

      Love you all and so so proud xxxxx




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      Feb 12, 2018

      Great idea


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