A BROMSGROVE mum will run a half-marathon next Sunday (October 18) to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) in gratitude to staff for their tireless care of her son.
Baby Charlie, who was born with a rare condition, celebrates his first birthday today (Friday) after a year of visits to BCH where staff defied advice of medical centres around the country to provide him with the treatment he needed for a full recovery.
She said: “When Charlie was newborn, we discovered one of his knees was twice the size of the other.
“We rushed to hospital where blood tests, X-rays and other tests were performed.”
Charlie has been in and out of hospital since January and has since made significant progress, just in time to celebrate his first birthday.
Steph said: “If it wasn’t the staff at BCH, we wouldn’t have had this treatment.
“In all the time I have been there I have never seen a nurse or doctor with a cup of tea or coffee in their hand.
“I’ve only ever seen them rushing around beds on wards trying to get everyone seen to.
“They make the hardest things in the world a little easier.”
She added the staff went above and beyond to care for Charlie and wanted to give something back for the care he had received.
“Words can’t describe how hard the past few months have been for us all but BCH have made it a whole lot easier for us.
“They are really caring to the needs of all children and parents.”
Steph has signed up to Morrisons Great Birmingham Run for BCH, which will take in sites such as Cadbury World and Edgbaston Cricket Ground before finishing on Broad Street.
To make a donation to Steph’s BCH fundraiser, text CACE57 to 70070 with the amount you wish to pledge (£1, £2, £5 or £10). Or visit www.justgiving.com/steph-connellan and donate cash there.