Three-year-old takes part in testing tri-event for charity

Three-year-old takes part in testing tri-event for charity

A brave toddler was cheered on by family and friends during a special tri-event for charity earlier this month (Sunday 1 November 2015).  

Piper Bowes from Cheltenham took part in a fun 150m run, 300m bike ride, and exciting treasure hunt with her friends in aid of Ronald McDonald House Camberwell – one of 14 Houses which provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at specialist children’s hospitals across the UK.

The tot has raised £600 so far for the House that provided her parents, Helen and Andy, with a place to stay whilst she attended appointments and underwent tests for multiple medical conditions.

The little girl suffers from mast cell activation syndrome - a rare allergy disorder which means she has adverse reactions to nearly all things, including most foods, exercise, toys and emotions - in addition to immune deficiency, floppy airways and coeliac disease. She was determined to not let that get in the way of her tri-event however, and made an exceptional effort to complete the testing three-stage challenge.

Piper’s mum Helen speaks very warmly about the House and says: “We decided to organise the event for Piper as we wanted to do something fun to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Camberwell. We know they rely on public donations and that without them, families like ours wouldn’t be able to stay close together whilst their children are in hospital.

“We were really lucky to be given a room for four days in August whilst Piper had appointments and tests in London. We live in Gloucester and would have really struggled to afford travel costs, a hotel and eating out. The staff were so hospitable and the shared facilities were brilliant, especially the kitchen as it meant we could accommodate Piper’s strict dietary requirements.

“The House was a real lifesaver and we can’t express our gratitude enough.”

Piper has a JustGiving page for donations at

To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Camberwell, please visit:  



For more information or to speak to someone please contact:

Francesca Seabourne, Third Sector PR

T. 020 7922 7720
M. 07944 190 674


Georgie Curtis-Iddiols, Third Sector PR

T. 020 7922 7721

Notes to editors

Ronald McDonald House Camberwell 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.

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. 

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