Despite blisters Rob Whitham helps families of sick children
With marathon fever underway, dad Rob Whitham from Southampton tried his hand at the daunting Isle of Wight Challenge, held over the Bank Holiday weekend on 30 April and 1 May.
He managed to raise a magnificent £1,000 for Ronald McDonald House Southampton – the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families of children undergoing treatment at Southampton Children’s Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital. Rob stayed at the House when his 18 month old son Max was very poorly at the end of last year.
Tempted by two days of stunning scenery while covering the ups and downs of 106km of coastal paths, blisters got the better of Rob who stoically managed 70 kilometres and came 125 out of 221 after walking for over 21 hours and only having two hours of sleep..
Rob says: “I am really proud of what I have done. It was really tough but worth it. Being able to be close to Max in hospital, who fortunately made a full recovery, made me realise how much harder it could have been. I wanted to raise money for the Charity to support more families going through difficult times.”
The Isle of Wight challenge is organised by Action Challenge
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Notes to Editors
1. To speak to someone from Ronald McDonald House Charities please contact the numbers above.
2. Ronald McDonald House Southampton is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
As well as providing 53 bedrooms, Ronald McDonald House Southampton offers families the opportunity to cook together, to eat together and share their experiences. The House also offers a lounge, kitchen and play area for families visiting the hospital for the day.
Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.