Dad’s mission for his son

Luke and Bob
Luke and Bob
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A Sheffield dad has raised hundreds of pounds for The Children’s Hospital Charity, inspired by his one-year-old son.

Bob Horgan put his best foot forward recently, completing the Great North Run last month and raising £862 for the charity which has supported his son Luke since he was treated for meningitis when he was just hours old.

Bob, aged 36, of Crosspool, said: “My son was just 30 hours old when he was diagnosed with Group B Streptococcus, a neonatal bug which very unfortunately turned into meningitis. As a result he has a number of medical conditions that affect him on a daily basis.”

Group B Streptococcal bacteria is carried in an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of pregnant women in the UK and Ireland, but only goes on to cause neonatal meningitis in 7 out of 10,000 cases. For Luke, the meningitis has left him with several health conditions. Luke is now a patient at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Ryegate Centre, which treats children with a complex range of neurological disorders.

“Luke goes to the Ryegate Centre to see physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists,” said Bob, a chartered accountant.

“He can’t sit up by himself and controlling the movement in his head, arms and legs is really challenging for him. His conditions are all tied together and are linked to the fact that he’s not as upright as he should be at his age.

“Luke has a lot to deal with, but he’s a very happy little boy most of the time. He always wakes up with a smile and he’s very curious about people and is very interested in watching and observing.”

Bob will also be taking on the Run For All Sheffield 10K later this month for the children’s charity.