Chris Gibbs

Chris Gibbs

A trek from Eastbourne to Stoke-on-Trent..


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My story

[p]Before you read the story behind my journey, may I also take the opportunity to point you in the direction of my daily blog: [url=][/url] This is the place where I share my feelings and frustrations and talk about planning for a special commemorative event. [/p][p]My son Thiago Frederick Leite Gibbs came into the world on 4 February 2019 and left it on 28 November. In that time he brought joy, love, pleasure and astounded friends, family and medics alike with his incredibly positive attitude to life. We often speak about children being a ray of sunshine. Well my boy really was… and then some.[/p][p]Sadly, Thiago was born with complications with his heart and though both University Hospital Stoke and Birmingham Children’s Hospital did everything they could for him in his short life, it wasn’t to be. He died peacefully in the arms of my wife and I on his own terms having achieved more in his ten months than many others do in a far longer lifetime. [/p][p]While Thiago was in my life - and spiritually he will always be there - he taught me a valuable lesson, one that I am finally going to heed. And that was to focus on the positive, be glass half full rather than glass half empty and do something about the things in life that you can control if it will make life better.[/p][p]So now that you know the why, I’ll tell you the what. Starting on Saturday 19 September, in my home town of Eastbourne and ending in Stoke-on-Trent at the main entrance of the hospital Thiago was born in on Friday 16 October, I shall be undergoing a month-long trek.[/p][p]All in all, it’s 282 miles probably more like 300+ taking into account all the wrong turns I'll probably make! The indefatigable Jamie Hickey, who has been such an incredible rock to me in my grieving process, has helped me produce the route. Roughly it will take in some of the Sussex Downs from the south coast to London, the Birmingham to London canal path before meeting friends from Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the final northbound section. [/p][p]I’ll be doing this both to remember the son that I’ll never get to see grow up and marry and also to raise as much as I physically can for two wonderful hospital charities, which cared for him with such extraordinary levels of compassion.[/p][p]Please help me to help them and be part of something very special. Thank you.[/p][p][br][/p]
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Nov 29, 2020

Dancing Octopus

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Nov 28, 2020



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Nov 27, 2020

John Williams

Great job.


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Nov 27, 2020


Well done Christopher Sorry I could not walk with you. Thinking of you all. Best wishes Alan and Theresa

Nov 26, 2020

Mary & Gary

Sending you guys lots of sunshine, rainbows & virtual healing hugs. Stay strong at this very tough time. Lots of love Mary, Gary, Scarlet & Charlie xx


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Nov 19, 2020

Nick Little



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Nov 15, 2020


An amazing achievement Chris. From one of Holly’s friends x


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Nov 11, 2020


Random act of kindness part two!


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Nov 11, 2020


A random act of kindness


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Nov 9, 2020

Rob Price

Well done Chris, it was a brilliant effort from you. Sending you and the family our best wishes - from all the boys at Tony Price.


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