A mum is getting her running shoes ready and Great North Run training under way to raise money in memory of her little boy Charlie, who passed away this year.
Angela Shore is fundraising for The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity that supported her family when Charlie was seriously ill in hospital.
Charlie was born a healthy baby in February 2012 but after his first birthday he began to deteriorate and was not meeting the milestones that other children of similar ages were, and he started to have unusual eye movements too.
After several tests and examinations Charlie was diagnosed with the terminal condition Leigh’s disease.
The nature of Charlie’s illness meant that he needed specialist medical care at the RVI .
While he was in hospital, Angela and husband Dan were able to stay close to him in Crawford House – a ‘home from home’ provided by the trust within the hospital grounds.
Angela, 27, said: “The Sick Children’s Trust was there for us at such a difficult time in our lives.
“They enabled us to stay just a five minute walk away from Charlie and spend as much time as possible with him.
“When we were told the seriousness of Charlie’s illness we didn’t want to leave his side, and having Crawford House meant we didn’t have to.
“We had such a short time with Charlie so every moment spent with him was precious and being able to get some rest just minutes away from his bedside was amazing, as it was important for us to remain strong for him.
Angela has already raised an amazing £875 in sponsorship for the run and her fundraising total continues to grow.
Gail Stonley, house manager at Crawford House, said: “We are so grateful to Angela for signing up to the Great North Run.
“We were so sad to hear about little Charlie and think that Angela is so brave to take on this challenge.”