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[p]Back in 2010 our daughter suddenly became very poorly, she was only 10 months old. It started with her being listless and very quickly escalated with her ear dropping and face swelling. She was rapidly admitted to Colchester Hospital with something called Mastoiditis which is an infection of a bone behind the ear. Over the next 2 days her face swelled to the point of she being unrecognisable and the antibiotics made no difference. The call was made at 10 o'clock at night to send her to Addenbrookes for an urgently needed operation as it was becoming life threatening. The journey to Addenbrookes was really scary with my wife in the ambulance with my daughter and me following behind in a car not knowing what would happen. Once my daughter was admitted my wife and I suddenly thought about the logistics of being in Cambridge with only one of us being able to stay in the hospital. Commuting back and forwards was not an option as she was so poorly but finically we were not in a postion to stay in a hotel. It was at this point the Sick Chidren's Trust stepped in. They have a house on site at Addenbrookes for parents of poorly children. We were told we could have a room for as long as we needed. There was no costs involved at it is run by charotable donations. The week we spent at Addenbrookes was the scariest of our life and having this room took away one more stress. It gave us both a place to try and catch up on sleep between taking it in turns to stay with our daughter. The house had a stock of basic food and toiletites and also a chance to speak to other parens in a similar, or often much worse, positions. It was a little haven in a terrible time. Luckily after a successful operation our daughter improved and we were able to go home a week later but I have never forgotten the difference the Sick Children's trust made to us at that time. I have always promised that one day I would do somethime to raise money for this wonderful charity and running the London Marathon is that opportunity. Knowing that I am running for a charity that does such wonderful work and gave us support when our daughter was so poorly will spur me on when the run gets tough. I would really appreciate any donation, no matter how small, to support the Sick Children's Trust. [/p][p][br][/p]