Ruth Day

Rex's Runners

Fundraising for Friends of PICU
raised of £6,000 target
by 133 supporters
Friends of PICU

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RCN 1183373
We raise funds for Childrens Intensive Care to buy equipment and support the families


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We Rex's Runners are trying to raise some money for Friends Of PICU, without whom we would not have Rex with us now.

so far we have done:


The Color Run London

The Color Run Birmingham

Family fun day


Fleet Half Marathon

Black Country Half Marathon

The Color Obstacle Rush

Family fun day


Fleet half marathon

Black Country half marathon

Fleet 10k


Richmond 10k

Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon

Fleet Half Marathon


Southampton Half Marathon

Bracknell Half Marathon

Bath 16miler & Bath fun run

Brighton Go Dad 10K

Wickham 10k

Winchester Half Marathon

Black Country Half Marathon

Great South Run

Jigsaw 10K

Hogs Back Road Race

Great South Run Mini - cancelled but Rex did a run around Portchester Castle instead


Fleet Half Marathon

Barcelona Marathon


Fleet Half Marathon

London Marathon


Great South Run

2020 was a massive washout 


Bubble Rush

Great South Run

we reached our initial target of £1000 and in 2014 we raised a massive £2655.31 and now we just want to raise as much as possible for such a fantastic charity

We reached our £5000 target, I have even extended the target to £600! Please help us reach it! 

Rex's story...

In the small hours of Sunday 8th September 2013 Ruth's waters broke and there was meconium in them, so we went to hospital and as labour progressed Rex started to struggle so Ruth was rushed in for an emergency C-section and little Rex was born at 11.48am, all seemed well until we went into the post op recovery ward where the nurses thought Rex looked a little purple until they turned on the lights, they noticed his breathing was a bit off so took him to SCBU for some tests. We were told he had meconium aspiration and would be there for a couple of days.

On Tuesday 10th September we were told how well he was responding and that he should be well enough to go home at the weekend, we were thrilled, however that afternoon we were told that as his lungs were now clearer they could hear his heart and he had a large heart murmur so they did an echo and found he had major heart problems and had to get to a specialist hospital as soon as possible, Southampton were called and they sent up their ambulance, he was sedated and taken straight to PICU at Southampton General Hospital.

The following morning he was assessed and found to have Coarctation of the Aorta (narrow artery), Bicuspid Aortic Valve (funny shaped valve) and a very large VSD (Hole in the heart) he has also been found to have excess tissue in the left ventricle.

He was put on life saving drugs and he had his first corrective operation to patch the coarctation of the aorta to make the artery wider and a band was put on the pulmonary artery to restrict the flow of blood going to the lungs at just 8 days old.

He finally came home with us on the 28th September 2013

Rex returned to Southampton General for his second surgery to close the VSD and have the band removed off his artery on 9th april 2014 and he again had another stay in PICU, they supplied a bean bag and DVD player to make him more comfy. without Friends of PICU he would not of had these items. Please help them help more children have a more comfy and happy stay whilst they are on PICU.

We cannot thank the nurses and doctors on PICU enough so we want to raise some money to help with equipment that without support they would not receive.

Thanks and love Rex's Runners!


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About the charity

Friends of PICU

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RCN 1183373
We fundraise to buy equipment, fund major projects, desensitise the medical environment and buying a new ambulance for the Children's Intensive Care Unit at Southampton University Hospital. Caring for critically ill children from across the south of England and the Channel Islands.

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