On Saturday the 17th June, in the scorching sun, 51 children donned the Carter The Brave flags and ran for Carter Chatting (Reception Class) in IronKids 2017!
The distances varied for each age group and it was wonderful to see all children of all ages succeeding and enjoying their individual challenges and receiving their medals. The sense of personal achievement whilst raising funds for a great cause was evident!
The spirit and atmosphere around the Carter The Brave stand was fabulous whilst everyone enjoyed juices, cakes, biscuits, fruit kebabs & onion bhajis!
The picnic blankets were out and sun hats on as supporting parents commented: “We had a great time, definitely inspired my kids!” “Great atmosphere and team spirit!” and “It was such an inspirational day – everyone should get involved!’”
At the end of the day, the fruits of everyone’s hard work culminated in an amazing £3,200 raised so far (with more to come) for the Oncology Ward of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Carter is receiving treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Lucy, Carter’s mum said: “The cheers and support for Carter as he set upon his 500m run are unforgettable. We are so incredibly proud of our little boy who ran 500m non-stop and when he saw his flags and heard everyone cheering at the finish line, he gathered
speed and nearly left mummy behind!
“After 18 months of relentless oral and IV chemo, spinal chemo, steroids, hospital stays, procedures, anaesthetics, lumbar punctures and blood tests, not forgetting massive periods of immobility, Carter shocked us all with his determination and ran
the whole way. It was an emotional milestone reached and a monumental moment for all of us especially Carter, who surprised himself as well!”
The money raised at this event will go towards a new AccuVein machine for the Oncology Ward.
“We would especially like to thank Lichfield Cathedral School who helped us in the marketing of this event and resulted in such a great turn out from the school in support of Carter The Brave Charity.”
Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Carter and his friends at Lichfield Cathedral School for conquering the IronKids challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money for our hospital’s Oncology Unit.”
We would also like to congratulate Miss Hall, Year 2 teacher, who took part in the IRONMAN competition on Sunday.