Berkhamsted brothers raise over £5,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Oli and Tom completed their running challenge on Rare Disease Day

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 11:43 am

Brothers from Berkhamsted have raised over £5,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSH Charity).

Oli Broadwith, 12, and his brother Tom, nine, set themselves the challenge of running 100km each by Rare Disease Day (February 28) and on Sunday, the boys completed their challenge, both having run 135.34km each in February.

They also managed to smash their £100 target, by raising £5,171 for GOSH.

Oli and Tom raised over £5,000 for GOSH

Both brothers are both monitored and treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children, after developing symptoms of a rare heart condition that affects the aorta - a condition that has impacted on at least three generations of their family.

Tom and Oli, who both enjoy sports, came up with the idea of taking on a running challenge throughout the month of February as they wanted to keep active while they were home schooling during lockdown.

They also wanted to give something back to a cause they had a personal connection with.

Laura Savory, from the community fundraising team at GOSH Charity, said: “I’d like to thank Tom and Oli for their magnificent fundraising efforts throughout the month of February, in aid of GOSH Charity.

"They should both be so proud of completing their epic running challenge and of raising over £5,000, a truly phenomenal amount of money.

"The donations from their kind and generous supporters will make a real difference for children and families cared for at GOSH. Well done Tom and Oli!”

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life.

The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

For more about Great Ormond Street Hospital and the charity visit: www.gosh.org.