A DOTING aunt will be pounding the pavements around Sheffield in this year’s Great Yorkshire Run raising cash for the people who have supported her nephew through a rare congenital condition.
Julie Moore will be taking on the 10km race in support of Leeds General Infirmary – where her nephew Charlie Thomas has received treatment – and the Sick Children’s Trust, which has provided accommodation near the hospital to allow his family to remain close while he is a patient.
Charlie, aged two and a half, was born with trachea-oesophageal fistula or TOF – a condition where the bottom end of the baby’s oesophagus is joined to the trachea windpipe.
Without surgical intervention, the condition causes air to pass from the windpipe to the food pipe and stomach and can also allow stomach acid to pass into the lungs.
Over his short life, Charlie, who lives in Wakefield, has undergone several operations to correct the condition and has also received treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital when he has become unwell during visits to his aunt Julie who lives in Grenoside.
Mum-of-three Julie, aged 44, took part in the race for the same charities – as well as Sheffield Children’s Hospital – last year and also completed the Percy Pud run through Loxley at Christmas.
She said: “It’s my way of giving something back for the help and expertise Charlie has received. I’m taking part with a group of friends and we’ve been meeting up to do some training together which is going well.”
Julie, whose job with Health Works centres on encouraging people in deprived areas to take part in regular exercise, said it also fitted in well with her work.
Charlie is now nearing the end of his treatment for the condition and is beginning to lead a more normal life.
“He is doing really well at the moment,” Julie said.
“It’s all thanks to these charities which have been such an enormous support and I’m really happy to be doing something to show our appreciation.”
The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run takes place on Sunday, October 9, starting on Arundel Gate in Sheffield city centre.
The competitors then head along Penistone Road to Hillsborough stadium before returning to the city centre.
Entry is £25 for adults, while youngsters can sign up to the 2011 Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run, on the same day, for £9.
There is also the 1.5km Mini Run for children aged three to eight, and the 3km Junior Run for ages nine to 4.
n Visit www.greatrun.org to sign up or www.justgiving.com/Julie-Moore2 to sponsor Julie.