Started on 7th July 2020Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom
Bens for Friends
Harry and Colby are taking part in this challenge to raise money for the Play Team within the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
Two of their friends and classmates (Violet and Jack) have both received treatment recently within the hospital and the boys would really like to show their support in some way.
The boys are planning to climb a few "Ben" hills and hopefully include their first Munro over the summer.
Colby (8) is a keen hill walker and has a lot of experience climbing and walking with his grandpa. Harry (9) is usually found on a bike and enjoys racing and hopping his bike over rocks and pallets. Both boys are keen to raise as much money as they can to show their support to Violet and Jack so they hope you can help out!
Violet's story: Our daughter Violet Cran (age 8) was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in October 2019. Ewing’s is a very rare childhood cancer. She had a 23cm long tumour in her left femur. She completed 14 cycles of chemotherapy and 28 days of radiotherapy. After 8 months of treatment she had surgery on both legs to remover the tumour and she is now getting physiotherapy and making good progress with her rehab.
Jack's story: Jack's story: Jack (9) was suddenly taken ill at the start of April, suffering from severe pains down his limbs on both sides of his body. After a short stay in Wishaw General Hospital, he was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where an MRI scan found a Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation at the top of his spine, an extremely rare condition where enlarged blood vessels swell the spinal cord and interrupt the signals coming from the brain to the rest of the body. Unfortunately, Jack then suffered a bleed into his spinal cord, which initially left him with paralysis in all four limbs. He underwent an Angiogram and then an eight and a half hour operation. Through the incredible skill of the surgeons, the rehab treatment he is receiving and the wonderful care he is being given from the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital, he has now regained some of the function in his arms and hands, and is showing some small promising signs in his legs and feet. He still faces a hugely uncertain future, but his bravery and determination has given him a great chance of making the best recovery possible.
Let's help the boys smash their target and give something back to the hospital that has helped their friends Jack and Violet.