Seven-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April 2015. Last year, his family took part in the RBC Race for the Kids to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Reasons for running

Rowan’s mum, Abby, first spotted a poster for the event just after Rowan had been diagnosed. She said: "I was in the hospital with Rowan while he was having his treatment. I saw the posters and thought ‘we just have to do this’."

Rowan's family created one of the largest family teams the RBC Race for the Kids has ever seen. Abby said that the 63-strong team took part to "help do anything they could for the hospital".

Encouraged by her daughter, Rowan’s grandmother Sandra began calling on friends, relatives and local businesses to help raise money.

Team Woody for Roro raised an incredible £30,000, a success that Sandra puts down to the unexpected generosity of others: "As soon as Rowan became ill, everyone rallied around to help. People couldn't have been more generous. I took to social media to share Rowan's story and encourage people to take part or sponsor us. I couldn't believe the response”.

Rowan’s family are taking part again this year and hope to enter another big team. Abby said: "It's the perfect event if you're looking for something fun to do with the family. What could be better than taking part in exercise, being with your family and helping to raise money for an amazing cause?"

Two boys outside in Race for the Kids T-shirts
"The atmosphere is electric"

Sandra said: "The atmosphere is electric. You see families taking part who just want to give something back – it's emotional but it's so lovely and the great thing is you don't have to run! I’ve got a bad knee but last year I didn’t feel the pressure to go fast, I just took my time and went at my own pace. It was a really special thing to be a part of."

Last year Rowan took part in his wheelchair after chemotherapy treatment had left him feeling tired. This year he plans to get around on his scooter along with ten-year-old brother Corey. The family are looking forward to seeing the event’s new location at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Abby said: "The boys have never visited the park and they love sport, so I think it’s going to be particularly exciting for them. It’s such an iconic venue and we’re all very excited."

Sign up a team

Sign up on Saturday 14 May between 10.30am and 3.00pm at our Registration Point underneath the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park, or we will be taking registrations from 9am at the event on Sunday 15 May.

Every pound you raise for the RBC Race for the Kids will make a huge difference to patients like Rowan and his family. If you need fundraising support or advice, please get in touch with the team at

Thank you for your support and happy fundraising!