A Lichfield mum is ready to say thank you to the hospice that helped care for her daughter by running her first ever half marathon to raise money.
Alice Walsh, 42, will take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough on October 9 to help raise funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust.
The charity supported the family after daughter Katie, who is now nine, was recovering from a serious intestinal condition.
“In April 2002 we celebrated the arrival of our first child,” Alice explained. “But two weeks later Katie was in the operating theatre fighting for life. She spent 20 months in hospital before being allowed to return home.
“During the next two years we were supported at home by the community team of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. They gave us breaks from the stress of Katie’s continued ill health, many, many return visits to hospital and the constant vigilance of monitoring and managing Katie’s cares. We also had residential visits to the purpose-built hospice at Trentham.”
And now Alice, who was a teacher at Lakeside School and Wilnecote Juniors in Tamworth, is determined to give something back to the organisation that helped the Scotch Orchard School pupil and her family through such a difficult time.
“It has been a very difficult journey but today Katie is a healthy nine-year-old,” she said. “I plan to raise as much sponsorship as I can by way of a thank you. I feel it’s time to give something back.
“I am also keen to raise the profile of the hospice that provide specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families.”
Anyone who wants to donate to Alice’s fundraising efforts for the Donna Louise Trust can visit www.justgiving.com/AliceWalsh.