Ollie Brooks

London Landmarks Half Marathon 2023

Fundraising for Group B Strep Support
£1,205
raised of £1,000 target
by 49 supporters
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Event: London Landmarks Half Marathon 2023, on 2 April 2023
Welcome to our 2023 London Landmarks half marathon page!

Story

At 18 days old, we took our son Louis to A&E, completely unaware that our lives were about to be completely turned upside down. He had refused 2 bottles, was extremely tired, and wouldn't settle unless he was on me or my partner. He also sounded like he had milk stuck in his chest. We decided to take him to the hospital, hoping we were just being over paranoid first time parents and would be sent home again, but we couldn't have been more wrong. 

Within 10 minutes of arriving at the hospital, he had gone grey and floppy and was barely breathing. Within minutes of notifing the staff, he had 10 doctors and 2 consultants surrounding him, and he was put on life support. He had 2 seizures within that moment. The days and weeks that followed were the hardest days of our lives.

The next morning, following a blood transfusion he was blue lighted to Great Ormand Street Hospital to start his treatment in intensive care. During his time there, he had 2 brain scans, 2 lumber punctures, a machine to keep him breathing, and he was fed through a tube. We couldn't hold our tiny new born for 4 days. They felt like the longest 4 days of our lives. Our bodies ached to hold our baby. 

He was diagnosed with Group B Streptococcus sepsis, which then led to meningitis. He was barely recognisable during his stay. His whole body was puffy and swollen from the fluid and drugs, his tiny body covered head to toe in wires and canulas. 

He was in hospital for a total of 15 days, and we ended up taking him home again on his actual due date.

We are doing this run to raise awareness for this horrific illness, one that we had no idea existed until Louis was diagnosed. GBS is not routinely tested on the NHS, as the chances of a baby getting ill from it is only 1%. However, you can pay for a private test, something we would have done, had we been aware of it.

Our Louis bear is now 10 months old and absolutely thriving, but it could have been a completely different story had we not acted when we did.

If you have taken the time to read this and would be willing to donate, however small, it would be so appreciated! 

- Group B Streptococcus is the UK's most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. On average in the UK, at least-two babies a day develop a group B Strep infection -one baby a week dies from their GBS infection, and-one baby a week survives with long-term disabilities physical, mental or both.Yet most group B Strep infections are preventable. Group B Strep Support informs families & health professionals about group B Strep to save tiny lives.

About the campaign

Welcome to our 2023 London Landmarks half marathon page!

About the charity

Group B Strep Support

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Group B Streptococcus is the UK's most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies & of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. Most of these infections are preventable. Group B Strep Support informs families & health professionals about group B Strep to save tiny lives.

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£1,205.00
+ £213.75 Gift Aid
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£1,205.00
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