- Sunday, 08 October 2017
- Hyde Park W2 2UH
- Contact Jennifer Parsons on: or 020 8144 9833
Run a half marathon. Save a life in Africa.
Renowned as the most scenic city marathon in the capital, the Royal Parks marathon – taking place on Sunday 8th October - meanders through four of London's magnificent royal parks and promises glimpses of world-famous landmarks. More than just a marathon, with every mile you run for The Children's Hospital Trust, South Africa, you can give a child the chance to grow up.
In 2016, our team of 70 runners raised more than £25 000 to support the upgrade and renovation of the new paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town - Africa's first specialist paediatric hospital.
Join our team today and every mile that you run could make a difference to some of Africa's most critically ill children, including patients like Sinaye. Sinaye is seven, and has suffered with Biliary Atresia, a form of liver disease, for most of his young life.
As a result of this disease, Sinaye has experienced a number of health complications. His stomach is permanently swollen and this is something that he has often been teased about at school. He has spent most of his first seven years in and out of hospital and needed a liver transplant in order to improve his quality of life. On 14 January last year, a donor was found and the surgery scheduled.
Sinaye was brought to the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital to receive this life-changing surgery. The transplant was a success and he was cared for in the ICU for a week after the procedure so that doctors could make sure he was stable. Work commitments meant that his mother, Khaliswa was not always able to be by his side, but she knew her son was receiving the best possible care.
"These are all really good doctors and I know my child was in good hands," she says. "Even when I was not there I knew he had a doctor or nurse by his side the entire time. I saw how each individual patient there really received special care and always had his or her doctor close by."
Every year, 260 000 patients like Sinaye are treated at the Red Cross Children's Hospital. The ICU sees over 100 critical patients a month. From South Africa and beyond, most are from impoverished communities and one-third are younger than one-years-old.
Ben Hall, Chairman of the Children's Hospital Trust, South Africa, says, "With 100% of received donations going straight to Africa, our Royal Parks runners truly have an opportunity to give back childhood to the sick and injured children of a country in need."
The Children's Hospital Trust, South Africa, was established in 2007 and is the UK fundraising arm of The Children's Hospital Trust, based in Cape Town. Together we raise vital funds to support the activities of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. In 2011 the Trust expanded its reach to fundraise for paediatric healthcare in the Western Cape and beyond.
100% of all received donations goes directly to the Hospital and prioritised paediatric healthcare needs. The Trust is a non-profit organisation that relies on the benevolence of donors to realise its aims and objectives. It enjoys a record of sound financial administration and good governance, but whilst it has raised funds to address many pressing needs, much has yet to be done.THE RED CROSS WAR MEMORIAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital was built in 1956 and remains a cornerstone of child healthcare in Southern Africa. The Hospital remains the largest, stand-alone tertiary hospital in sub-Saharan Africa, dedicated entirely to children and manages 260 000 patient visits each year. The majority of these patients are from poor and marginalised communities and one third are younger than a year. The Hospital's patients are referred from the Western Cape, the rest of South Africa and our continent. The Hospital provides training to paediatric healthcare professionals from the entire sub-continent and does important research into the illnesses of childhood, which has global impact.