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Cat Does the Great North Run: Supporting Families Affected By Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia

On Sunday 10th September 2023, Cat participated in the Great North Run. She took it upon herself to run in the Great North Run with the goal of raising £500 for our 'Hardship Fund'. This Fund plays a crucial role in providing direct support for families when they find themselves at their most vulnerable.

A photo of Cat who ran the great north run

In November 2022, Cat began working at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton as a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She works closely with the families in Wolverhampton who have children affected by Sickle Cell Disease or Beta Thalassaemia.

When Cat secured a spot in the Great North Run, her initial plan was to run it unsponsored, with the hope of raising funds for the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Project in the years to come.

However, as Cat got to know our families better, she realised that they needed to help right now, in these challenging times. We all understand the impact of recent events on our finances but imagine the added hardships faced by families who were already struggling to make ends meet. On top of these financial challenges, these families have the constant worry of ensuring their children have warm, dry and comfortable housing to stay healthy and out of the hospital. Many of these families also don't have access to public funds, leaving them to face these struggles without government financial assistance, including crucial benefits.

People participating in the great north run

We understand that times have been tough for everyone, but we are truly touched by the outpouring of support from our community. Thanks to your contributions, Cat not only completed the Great North Run in an impressive 2 hours and 11 minutes but also raised an astounding total of £1670 for the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Project.

Your generosity has had a profound impact on the families we support. We want to express our deepest gratitude to Cat and to all of you who donated and supported this incredible cause.


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