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London Marathon showcase: Hannah Kittle

6th December 2017

“My two-week-old daughter, Darcy, caught a common cold which quickly escalated to bronchiolitis. It started to shut down her organs...”

On Sunday 22nd April Hannah Kittle, a Retail Engagement Manager from Southend on Sea, will run the 2018 Virgin London Marathon for the first time in aid of St George’s Hospital Charity. She decided to support Team Georges after the hospital saved her daughter’s life in 2015 when she was just two-weeks-old.

It will be Hannah’s first ever marathon and the money she raises will be put towards the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; which provides the highest quality care for more than 700 critically ill children from London and the south of England each year.

Donations to the PICU help to fund additional life-saving equipment and staff training that is ‘above and beyond’ what is normally provided. It also enhances the facilities on the ward through helping to provide things like a place for family members to sleep and extra comforts for the patients. It all helps to make the unit the most efficient and comfortable place possible for all those who come through its doors.

When Hannah applied for one of the charity’s marathon places she said: “It was every parent’s worst nightmare. My daughter, Darcy, caught a common cold which quickly escalated to bronchiolitis. It started to shut down her organs. She spent five days in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Without them she might not be here now and we wouldn't have our cheeky, funny, intelligent little monkey! I will be eternally grateful and indebted to them. That work that everyone does in the hospital is amazing. I’ve seen first-hand the dedication staff have to saving lives. Raising money is the least I can do.”

Hannah is really excited to put her fundraising plans into motion. Her ideas to bring in donations include a quiz and comedy night hosted by a local comedian, cake sales, a toddler/pushchair walk, and placing a collection bucket at her mum’s hairdressing salon.

Running a marathon also means a lot to her personally. Despite being in her late 30s her body has been through a lot of challenges over the past seven years; sciatica, diabetes, spinal surgery, a broken ankle four weeks before giving birth to twins, and a C-section twin delivery! So she wants to prove that no matter what’s happened in the past, you can achieve anything.

Lizzie Wilson, Community and Events Fundraiser, said: “The hospital is there for people during the most difficult, terrifying moments of their lives, so we are always so grateful when people like Hannah get back in touch and offer their support. Her fundraising will have a huge impact on the unit and benefit others who, sadly, also need the services that the PICU provides.”

Mari-Louise White, Community and Events Fundraising Manager said: “Hannah’s vital support will make a huge difference to the lives of staff, family, and patients. We can’t thank her enough for everything that she’s doing for us.”

If you would like to sponsor Hannah’s London marathon you can do so by visiting her Virgin Money Giving page here. You can also donate directly to the PICU through our website.

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