Sister Act get muddy to raise money for charity
Two sisters completed the marvellously muddy ‘Whole Hog Challenge’ on Sunday 15 May, raising close to £4,000 for the charity that provided their family with free accommodation when their sister, Liberty, was in hospital.
Amber Williams, 20, her sister Amy, 16, and two close friends completed the 10km challenge in Walesby Forest, Henley on Thames, with three-year-old Liberty cheering them on as they battled through muddy trenches and tackled every obstacle in their way to reach the finish line.
The ‘Little Mermaids’ team decided to fundraise for Ronald McDonald House Oxford - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children being treated at John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital – after it gave the Williams family a place to stay when Liberty suffered severe complications from chickenpox that caused an infection in her leg in February 2016.
Liberty has since had five operations and has spent long periods of time in hospital – sometimes for up to a month – but the 17-bed House allowed the family to maintain a degree of normality with access to communal facilities, including kitchens, laundry facilities and a lounge area.
Amber says: “We wanted to take part in the Whole Hog Challenge and raise as much money as possible for Ronald McDonald House Charities so that other families can have the same relief of knowing they can be close to their children, whilst also looking after themselves and being together as a unit.
“Travelling back and forth between our home in High Wycombe and Oxford would have caused extra financial and emotional stress as they are a great distance apart. Having a room at the House took a weight off our shoulders and has allowed someone to be by Liberty's side for quite literally every second that she's been in hospital.”
“Aside from the House itself, the staff also inspired us to participate in the Whole Hog. They were supportive and caring and even left a pamper package in each family’s room on mother’s day. They deserve our support as much as we needed theirs!”
Liberty is still being cared for and monitored by the John Radcliffe Hospital and Amber is keen to continue fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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Notes to editors
1. Ronald McDonald House Oxford is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The Charity 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.
2. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2015, they helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital.
3. 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.
4. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.