Donna Wilson


As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 100,000 children, young people and their families every year. We run nearly 400 vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups. Every Barnardo's project is different but each believes in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Whatever the issue from drug misuse to disability; youth crime to mental health; sexual abuse to domestic violence; poverty to homelessness; Barnardo’s believes we can bring out the best in every child.

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2010 Virgin London Marathon - Barnardo's

Donna Wilson

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Barnardo’s is a very special charity and are very close to my heart.  But before I talk about Barnardo’s, I want to tell you a bit about my son Josh…

In January 2000 I was involved in a serious RTA on my way home from work, I was 28 weeks pregnant at the time.  Josh suffered severe head trauma from the seatbelt I was wearing.  He was born with Hydranencephaly (fluid replacing brain), epilepsy, severe global developmental delay, asthma and was blind.  He couldn’t do anything for himself and needed 24 hour care.  He received his nutrition via a Nasogastric tube and later a Gastrostomy button.  He spent an enormous amount of time in hospital, which put an incredible strain on the family.  Sadly the hospital admission in October 2003 would be his last and would never come home.  All of the doctor’s predictions came true and he died in my arms on 14th November 2003, aged 3.  It’s important to note that Josh had a happy life; even with all of the obstacles he faced every day to stay alive.  He was a very strong character and was loved more than you can imagine.

Joshua and I found Barnardo’s through Nottingham City Hospital, Children’s Centre.  We were put in touch with Eleanor Shelley who was a Barnardo’s social worker.  Eleanor would visit us at home and have a cuppa.  She would see how Josh was getting on and would listen while I talked about my worst fears and the difficult days coping.  Eleanor was my rock and helped me find the strength to get through the hard days.  I really enjoyed talking about all the things Joshua was doing and our happy times together.  Josh loved music and action films, he would kick up his happy feet in joy. When it came to the time of choosing schools, Eleanor came with me to all the special needs schools I chose to look around and helped me make up my mind for myself.  I really couldn’t have coped without Eleanor.

Barnardo’s Sherwood Project worked with Boots and held Carer’s pamper days, to give us a chance to relax and be spoilt.  This was very popular!  They also organised daytrips for the special needs children.  Unfortunately Josh couldn’t make it to one of the daytrips because he was in hospital.  Barnardo’s and Boots organised a massive goody bag for Josh, we were overwhelmed with such kindness shown to us.  So I can say at first hand the difference Barnardo’s makes to children and their families.

…So this is why I’m running the Virgin London Marathon for Barnardo’s.  Please help me raise my target for Barnardo’s so they can continue their good work for families like ours.


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Recent donors


16.05.10 A good cause if there ever was one :-)

12.05.10 Russ and John send their congrats

04.05.10 Well done!

02.05.10 Well done Donna, Spence & Keri (No 18)

02.05.10 Well done Donna!

02.05.10 Well done from Donna and Gary

28.04.10 well done donna you have done what most cant.

26.04.10 Hats off to you Donna, and a might big well done.

25.04.10 Hi Donna, just found you through Twitter but absolutely so well done on today's achievement. You finished around the same time as my friend who was running for Shelter. You're all brilliant!

25.04.10 You have done a wonderful job! We are so proud of you. Love, Stuart

25.04.10 I'm VERY proud of you. X

25.04.10 Can't remember if i already donated, sod it, heres some while you're off out running the VLM.

25.04.10 Good Luck Donna, thinking of you (just checked and you are at stage 3!) @lmlc xx

25.04.10 Good luck Donna! All the best

24.04.10 Good luck Donna :)

24.04.10 thinking of you Donna! All the best! You are great! Love Ann XXX @Annhesketh

24.04.10 Good luck and have a fantastic day x

23.04.10 Good luck, what you have been through and are doing is very brave. As a mother to be for the first time your story really touched me and I am sure Joshua would be really proud of the fund raising you are doing for Barnado's.

22.04.10 good look :-)

21.04.10 Good luck Donna see you on Sunday, hope you hear us cheering you on! :))) xxx

21.04.10 Your story moved me to tears

19.04.10 You're a star x


19.04.10 Good luck Donna


Running total

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
Total donors:
Last donor:
Dave Ainslie
Offline fundraising: