Emily Eagle is taking on a series of challenges to raise money for the RUH’s Children’s Ward in gratitude for the invaluable care and support for Rafe, the three year old son of her friend.
Emily has so far raised £2,460 in support of friends Amy and Sam whose son, Rafe, has been treated for leukemia at the RUH throughout 2019.
She said: “Rafe’s parents are going through an impossibly tough time as he has undergone chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
“Rafe spent a lot of time at the RUH before moving to Bristol, so when I asked Amy about fundraising she suggested we raise money for the Children’s Ward at the RUH as they have been so supportive and wonderful towards their whole family while Rafe was so poorly.
“He is an incredibly brave little boy, so I decided to run for Rafe and joined the Devizes Running Club’s sofa to 5K course in January. I am planning to run in a number of events over the next six months and I’m looking forward to having Rafe’s Auntie Lisa and his brother, Max, along with some more of his loved ones, join me in some of the events as we run for Rafe.”
Emily has so far signed up for six races, including the Devizes 10k, Wiltshire 10 Mile and will finish with her first half marathon – the Bath Half in March 2020.
Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:
“We’re proud to have such inspiring people as part of our Bath Half team, like Emily, Lisa and Max who are running for Rafe.
“If you have your own reason to run – maybe you have received treatment at the RUH or would like to thank staff for the care of a loved one – we’d love you to sign up today and join our team to raise funds for the RUH. Registration costs £35 and we ask that our runners pledge to raise a minimum of £175 for a ward or department close to their heart at the hospital.
“Alternatively, if you’re already running in the race, you can use your general entry place to fundraise and join our team of running heroes on 15th March 2020, so that every step you take supports our patients.”
This year’s Bath Half raised over £34,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal thanks to the team of 120 runners.