Elliott inspires the trading floor for RBC Race for the Kids

Three-year-old Elliott was a special guest on the city trading floor on Thursday 21 September at Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) ‘Oh My GOSH’ event to raise awareness of this year’s RBC Race for the Kids 5k fun run.

Elliott and his mum, Candace, inspired RBC employees to take part in the inclusive event taking place in Hyde Park on Saturday 7 October, which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Children, parents and grandparents can walk, jog, run or wheel to make their way around the 5k route.

Saying thank you

Elliott and his family are participating in RBC Race for the Kids as a way to say thank you for the life-saving treatment Elliott had at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) last year.

“Our time at GOSH has changed us forever, it makes us so thankful for the life we have now,” says Candice.

“We’re very excited about doing RBC Race for Kids this year as it's the first year we've been able to do it as a family. Last year we felt it was still too close to Elliott's transplant, so it will make it even more special for him.”

Elliot on trading floor

Give to GOSH

Elliot was one of the patients who featured in our Give to GOSH appeal with the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers last year. They followed his journey as he remained on a Berlin Heart – a mechanical heart – for 400 days while waiting for a heart transplant, the longest time of any child in the UK.

After spending over a year at GOSH, Elliott finally received his heart transplant and made a remarkable recovery at home. He was even able to start nursery this year. Taking part in the 5K Race for the Kids will be his biggest challenge and achievement since his life-saving surgery.

Preparing for the race

To prepare for the 5k, Elliott has been going on training runs with his dad, Adrian, who loves to run. He also took part in a 1k race in Edinburgh as a warm-up, but took a long time to cross the finish line because he loved giving hi-fives to the crowd.

Elliott will turn four years old just five days after the race. He has asked people to sponsor him rather than give him presents (apart from his mum, dad and grandparents, of course!).

To support children from across the UK, like Elliott, sign up to this year’s RBC Race for the Kids at gosh.org/raceforthekids.

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