Sports heroes surprise GOSH patients ahead of fun run

16 Sep 2021, 1 p.m.

three GOSH patients run alongside two sporting heroes outside

With just one month to go until RBC Race for the Kids, three children treated at GOSH received a special surprise from two sports heroes!

Earlier this week, Paralympic triple gold medallist and former GOSH patient Ollie Hynd and Olympic BMX champion Beth Shriever suprised GOSH patients Sara, Amelia-Rose and Joe.

All three children will be taking part in RBC Race for the Kids on 16 - 17 October for GOSH Charity.

The athletes shared words of inspiration with the children, speaking of their sporting achievements and the challenges they have overcome.

Sara, who was treated at GOSH for a rare condition called Currarino syndrome, felt inspired by the visit. “It was great to meet Beth and Ollie. They’ve really inspired me to become a Paralympian,” she says.

Joe, who at six years old had to re-learn to walk after receiving pioneering surgery to treat symptoms of cerebral palsy, also enjoyed the visit. "It was amazing,” he says.

All three patients got to check out real gold medals up close!

Amelia-Rose holds Beth's gold medal

"Resilience and positivity"

Ollie Hynd, now a three-time Paralympic gold medallist in swimming for Team GB, received treatment at GOSH when he was younger.

He spoke to the patients about their future ambitions and heard all about their plans for this year’s RBC Race for the Kids.

“Having been a GOSH patient myself, I know just how important it is to raise money for GOSH Charity to give children and their parents the best possible care and support. I encourage everyone who can to raise as much money as possible,” he says.

“I’ve always believed that you can do anything you put your mind to, and meeting GOSH patients Sara, Amelia-Rose and Joe today has reminded me just how true this is."

Team GB Olympic champion Beth Shriever also commented on how inspiring it was to meet Sara, Joe and Amelia-Rose.

“Their resilience and positivity having gone through so much is amazing,” she says.

“RBC Race for the Kids is such a brilliant, inclusive event, and the fact that people can take part from their own home this year makes it all the more accessible. I can’t wait to hear how they get on and will be looking out for them at future sporting events!”

RBC Race for the Kids is the perfect opportunity to gather a team of friends and family, get outside and raise vital funds for GOSH Charity. Join us this 16-17 October!

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