£1,565raised of £1,500 target by 36 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,500 to give to the three hospital trusts in New Zealand who saved Daisy's life. Rotorua Hospital, Rescue Helicopter Trust and Starship.

Cornwall, England
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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

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  • Melanie O'Shea9 days ago
    Melanie O'Shea

    Melanie O'Shea

    9 days 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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  • Melanie O'Shea12 days ago
    Melanie O'Shea

    Melanie O'Shea

    12 days ago

    Thank you all so so much for your wonderful sponsorship of our O'Sheas Run The Bays adventure, we are so touched by all of the donations and we are SOOOO nearly at our target...98%...wow!! Please help us get that last bit and really smash the target by sharing our blog https://osheasrunthebays.wordpress.com and this sponsorship page as far and wide as you can. Our deadline to complete the bays is 4th March so we are bay-running in every spare moment and feeling thrilled that we will be able to donate so much to help those that helped us.

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  • Melanie O'Shea1 month ago
    Melanie O'Shea

    Melanie O'Shea

    1 month ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Feeling touched beyond words at the wonderful generosity from so many people donating to our crowd funding page raising money for the incredible teams who saved Daisy's life last year. Thank you all - we are half way towards our target...yay!! We have 5 weeks until the deadline, the year's anniversary of Daisy's neurosurgery. We are running our socks off and I am in utter awe at the miles run by our children. PLEASE help us to finish and smash our target by donating at this link. Follow the run blog at www.osheasrunthebays.wordpress.com

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  • 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


  • Nanny Vi

    Nanny Vi

    Feb 5, 2018

    Nanny vi sends her love. Well done everyone.Xxxxxx


  • Anonymous


    Feb 4, 2018

    Sending love and best wishes to you all - Lilian & Peter


  • Liz Deacon

    Liz Deacon

    Feb 3, 2018

    Great effort O’sheas


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Melanie O'Shea

Melanie O'Shea

Cornwall, England

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