A novice runner from Badby is taking on the Bath Half Marathon next month in a bid to raise much-needed funds and awareness for The Sick Children’s Trust.
Steve Brooks, 45, will be taking on 13.2 miles in an attempt to raise money for the charity to thank them for giving support to his friends, Mark and Andrea Halliman, while their little boy Finley was undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) suffering from a rare heart condition.
The Sick Children’s Trust provided the family with accommodation at its Rainbow and Guilford Street Houses, just minutes from Finley’s hospital ward.
Steve, who only began running last year taking on the Movember 5km, Clumber Park 10km and The Great South Run, is determined to make a difference to more families like the Hallimans.
He said: “Last year I managed to raise more than £650 for charity and this year I hope to raise more.
“My first event of the year will be the Bath Half but I want to really challenge myself this year and have a number of events lined up throughout the year.”
“Fin is due to head back to GOSH for his third stage of reconstructive surgery, just a week or so after my first run of the year. So it’s going to be even more poignant because of that.”
To support Steve, visit his Just Giving page at ww.justgiving.com/Stef-Brxd