Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Daniel Regan says thank you

Last year my friends Joan and Tim had an emotional rollercoaster following the birth of their grandson. Their son-in-law Daniel Regan a local public servant living in Sandwich tells the story...
"My friend, Glenn and I will be donning the lycra on 12th May this year and will be cycling from London to Paris in support of the fantastic work that Ronald McDonald House Charities do for parents and families who have seriously ill children in hospital.

In January 2009 my wife, Nicola gave birth to a beautiful little boy named Oliver. Despite a few 'technical' issues during the birth, (delivered by emergency C section) everything appeared to be going fine up until Day 2 when Oliver stopped breathing and had to be resucitated. Oliver was then immediately placed onto life support and his life hung in the balance for several weeks having been placed into a coma due to a large brain haemorrhage. From the Special Care baby unit at Ashford Oliver then found himself rushed to Kings College hospital in London where he then underwent life saving brain surgery at only a few weeks old to try and resolve hydrocephalus, (fluid on the brain) that had developed as a direct consequence of the brain haemorrhage. Thankfully, due to the incredible skill of Oliver's neuro surgeon, (Mr Christopher Chandler) Oliver pulled through and to this day continues to amaze both Nicola and I on a daily basis with his progress.

Until January of this year we had no idea that Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC) even existed let alone knew what service they provided. When parents have a critically or terminally ill child in hospital they quite often find themselves in a major London hospital many miles away from home as was the case for Nicola and I. More often than not the last thing that they stop to consider when they first arrive at the hospital is where they'll stay. That's where RMHC come in - they provide 'free' accomodation on site within the hospital grounds to such parents and families giving Mums and Dads the opportunity to be close to their child when they need them most. This accomodation is funded entirely by RMHC and proved to be an absolute life saver for Nicola and I. As far as I'm aware the charity receives absolutely no government funding so sponsorship and donations are vital if they are to continue providing this fantastic service.
Glenn and I need to raise a total of £2,600 between us to take part in the ride so if you're able to sponsor Glenn and I any donations, big or small would be gratefully received.

Donating through
Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor Glenn and I. RMHC - Ronald McDonald House Charities gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation."
Good luck to Dan and Glenn and if you can please support them.

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