Better Care

15 hours of fundraising

On Saturday 8 June, Neal McCathie (Community Paediatrician and Divisional Medical Director for Children & Families) took on the Race To The Tower in support of BCHC Charity’s soon-to-be-launched Play Appeal. Neal ran a whopping 52.4 miles along the Cotswold Way to help raise funds to provide toys and other play items for waiting areas and clinics where children with complex needs are assessed. This will improve their experience, making it feel like a much less clinical environment and offering distraction and comfort during what is often a stressful time for them. We asked Neal what it was like to take part in such an epic challenge;

“After an early 4.30am wake up to get the shuttle bus (which went the wrong way!) we made it to the start, just making it to our start time of 7.30am (race briefing heard from pre-race visit to portaloo!) Pretty wet, windy weather to begin but this subsided and sun started to break through. The race included 151 gates to go through or climb over which, as the muscles seized towards the end, became increasingly comical, and elevation gained over the day was apparently equivalent of climbing Snowdon and Ben Nevis from sea level!

Spirits remained high throughout but as the final 13 miles arrived the muscles started to seize more and cramps started to raise their ugly head. At the final checkpoint my ability to eat or drink had gone. At that point running, walking and shuffling became the same thing and a sign that I’d seen earlier stating ‘pain is temporary, pride is forever’ became stuck in my mind. I had to finish! As we came up the 2km long steep hill towards end as usual adrenaline comes in to play and that feeling of ‘we’ve done this’ kicks in. We ran the final 500 yards, with Broadway Tower coming in to sight illuminated in green, and suddenly my body started to work again! Crossing finish line 15hrs from when we set off,  it felt emotional! It was an amazing event and I’d like to offer a big thank you for everyone’s support and sponsorship;  it really helped, and your sponsorship will make a real difference.”

What a fantastic achievement! Thank you so much, Neal, for choosing to support BCHC Charity and the Play Appeal at the Race To The Tower. We hope you’re well rested and recovered now!

Neal’s JustGiving page will be open for a few more days should you like to donate, or you can contact BCHC Charity to learn more about the upcoming Play Appeal.