Every year the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St Mary's Hospital in London treats 500 children who are seriously ill. COSMIC (Children of St Mary's Intensive Care), the charity which supports the Unit, relies totally on your donations to provide life-saving equipment and to fund vital research to ensure that the children in our care get the best treatment possible.
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50 Miles for More Smiles

Natalie Bradburn

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In Memory of Grace Bradburn

On Saturday 26th March 2016, to mark Grace's 10th birthday, I will be walking 50 miles from the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

My route reflects the final journey that Grace took, in a children's intensive care ambulance, to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St Mary's Hospital.

The walk will start at 5am at the Royal Berks, passing by Grace's grave at 2.5 miles, and arriving in London at about 9pm.
I will be lucky enough to be joined by friends and family at various stages along the way... ...if you would be interested in joining me too, I would be delighted to hear from you!

Have a look at the route map in the photos.

Grace, my daughter, died when she was 13 months old, after suffering a catastrophic reaction to chicken pox. She developed her first symptoms on 19th March 2007, and remained reasonably well for the first couple of days.  But she then became extremely unwell and agitated, finally being admitted to hospital on 24th March 2007, her first birthday.

She spent a week in the High Dependency Unit at The Royal Berks, becoming progressively more unwell, to the point where it became necessary to sedate her. She was then transferred by the Children's Acute Transport Service (CATS) ambulance to the PICU at St Mary's Hospital.  Grace died three and a half weeks later, on 24th April 2007.

At St Mary's, Grace was looked after by a committed team of PICU medics who were prepared to use a multitude of innovative treatments to give Grace the best chance of recovery. It was discovered after her death that Grace was missing a large piece of Chromosome 7 which included a gene that controls a critical stage of the immune system response. Her immune system was able to recognise the virus, but couldn't bridge the gap between recognition and elimination of the virus.   Ultimately, without the means to fight the chicken pox virus herself, Grace's condition continued to deteriorate, despite everyone's tireless efforts to facilitate recovery.

The life support machines that Grace used were funded by COSMIC, as was the hotel room that we were provided with so that we could remain within 5 minutes walk of the PICU throughout her time there, which proved absolutely invaluable to us.

COSMIC also funded the sequencing of Grace's genome, and the subsequent research that has been undertaken, helping the medical profession to understand more about the human immune system and save others' lives.

All the money that we raise
by doing this walk will go into 
COSMIC's MORE SMILES Appeal for £2 Million.
The More Smiles Appeal aims to increase the size of the PICU from 8 to 15 beds, fund purpose-built on-site accommodation for parents, and provide a parent consultation room which will allow for privacy during, and immediately after, complex, challenging and sometimes devastating meetings concerning a child's condition.

Please have a look at the COSMIC More Smiles Appeal video.

Let's raise a bundle in Grace's memory..... thank the dedicated staff at St Mary's for all that they did for Grace and our family; help other very poorly children and their families to receive the care that they need.

Thank you for your support :-)
XX xxxx 

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Recent donors

27.04.16 Hi Natalie, I read about you and Grace in the Evening Standard a little while ago, and wanted to donate to the appeal. Hope the walk went well.

22.04.16 Collected in cash. Thank you!


20.04.16 Well done Natalie. Your strength is a true inspiration. Love from Jenna, Alfie, Kesh and Sean xxx

15.04.16 Well done Natalie! - love from Ollie's Granny Jan and Grandad.

13.04.16 Thanks!

13.04.16 Thank you x

04.04.16 a few more pennies!

03.04.16 How truly amazing you are, your story really touched my heart. You must feel so proud and so you should xxx

02.04.16 Cash donations. Thank you!


02.04.16 Cake Sale. Thank you!



01.04.16 Amazing. Love you. x

31.03.16 We saw you pass at 20k, what an amazing achievement in both your walk and the work you have done in raising funds for a a very special cause :)

31.03.16 Collection boxes. Thank you!

31.03.16 We think of grace often - and your bravery at making something good come out of your sad loss!

30.03.16 Natalie I was not aware you were doing this, but I admire you all you have done for others despite your own tragedy. Well Done on your amazing achievement Jenny xx

30.03.16 Well done. For raising awareness and money.

30.03.16 Fantastic achievement !! Well done for achieving this. I hope all is well with you, Stuart and the family - it has been ages since TNP x

30.03.16 Generous taxi driver donation - Reading

30.03.16 Good Luck - Ruby and Erin Bradbury

30.03.16 Well done.... What an amazing thing to do x



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