22 May 2014

40 marathons in 40 weeks

40 marathons in 40 weeks 

Last year two-year old Jem Thacker managed to pull a cup of scolding tea straight on to his face, right shoulder and arm, and his abdomen – resulting in serious burns.

He was rushed to The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield where he received expert attention and care from the burns unit.

To say “thank you”, Jem’s father Damian is taking on a mammoth fundraising task - to run 40 marathons, across the UK, in 40 weeks.

“We are indebted to them”

From Bolton to Hadrians Wall, and Guernsey to Robin Hood’s Bay, he’ll be pounding pavements far and wide across the country to raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity (TCHC) ‘Make it better appeal’.

Established in 1976, TCHC aims to generate funds for the Children's Hospital in Sheffield - one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK.

Damian recalls: “Without their skill, care and excellence, he would have died. We are therefore indebted to them and are keen to, where possible, raise as much money as we can and also the profile of the unit that looked after him.”

Making it better

The ‘Make it better’ appeal was created to transform The Children’s Hospital into a world-class facility by 2016, creating the best possible environment for children to recover.

Donations are needed to secure specialist equipment, provide better facilities and fund research that would otherwise be unaffordable through the NHS.

Speaking on behalf of the charity, Josh Hawketts, marketing assistant, said: “Our aim is to provide over and above the standard NHS provision in terms of facilities, specialist equipment and medical research.”

A reliable, not-for-profit service

Damian explains his choice of fundraising website: “A friend told me about the simple, straight-forward MyDonate website that has a ‘not-for-profit’ policy, doesn’t charge fees, and doesn’t pocket any interest earned prior to paying out to the charities.”

Josh Hawketts added: “We chose to use MyDonate as it is a reliable service, increases our scope, and increases options for our supporters.”

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