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Emma Ford

London Marathon

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My story

[p]The best person to explain why raising money for The Sick Children's Trust is so important is Tracy, whose family is in the unfortunate position of having to stay in one of their homes:[/p][p]"Emma and Rich have been good friends of mine and Adrians for years. When Emma said she was running the London Marathon and wanted to choose a charity which is close to our hearts I was so grateful that she had thought of us to help her make her decision. It took no time at all to choose The Sick Children’s Trust. Heres the reason why:[/p][p]Our son, Alexander, is 4 yrs old. He has a heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is where the left ventricle is enlarged and not able to pump the blood around the body as efficiently as a normal heart. This meant Alexander struggled to keep up with his peers and basically just wanted to sit down. He simply didn’t have the energy to do anything. He has had the condition since he was 8 weeks old. As parents we never saw any symptoms. A regular check up in June 2016 showed that his condition was getting worse. Fast forward to May 2017 and his condition had deteriorated that much that he had maxed out on medications. The only option is a heart transplant. Whilst waiting for a heart on the urgent list Alexander was fitted with the Berlin Heart on 8th May 2017. This is a mechanical heart which sits outside his body. It is amazing as it means he eventually gained the strength to do the things a normal 4 year old can, and has basically saved his life, but he is restricted. There as considerable risks and he is tied to the hospital at Great Ormond Street. It also means that as a family we are split up until he gets his new heart. We also have a 9 year old daughter, Sophia, and she needs to come down to London to visit her little brother. Currently Alexanders dad and I alternate spending 2 weeks at home with Sophia and 2 weeks in hospital with Alexander. When we are in London we stay in the accommodation provided by the Sick Children’s Trust - Guildford House. It is an amazing accommodation, a real Home from Home. The 3 of us can stay together as a family when we swap over at the weekend, sit in the comfortable lounge in the evenings and most importantly get a good nights sleep. The house accommodates families who have very poorly children, most of whom are in intensive care. It is very well equipped and is well looked after to make sure all the parents are as comfortable as possible during the most difficult time in their lives. I really do not know how we would cope without it. We would struggle financially to stay in a hotel in London if this was not provided. Knowing you have a good warm home to go to at the end of a long day in hospital is one less thing to worry about. We cannot thank the Sick Children’s Trust enough for helping us during this extremely tough time in our lives. We have been there for 8 months already and have no idea of when all this will end. Apparently one night in the house costs the charity £30. The charity does not receive government funding so relies solely on fundraising. The money donated by yourselves will be greatly appreciated and it means the families will continue to have a Home from Home to go to at the end of a difficult day in hospital. Good Luck Emma! I know you will do brilliant. Thank you for your support. Love Tracy, Adrian, Sophia and Alexander xxxx"[/p]
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Jul 15, 2018

Hanley court staff


May 11, 2018


Well done Emma! Sorry its late Lydia x


May 2, 2018

Mum and dad


Apr 29, 2018

Betty Grocott


Apr 28, 2018



Apr 25, 2018

Kerry, Sue, Amanda, Clare, Julie


Apr 23, 2018


Well done Emma. You are amazing! Lyn Trev


Apr 22, 2018


Well done Em x

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018


Good luck Emma!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2018

Mand and Crispin

Good luck Emma!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid