Two big swims for Schiehallion - Scotland's Children's Cancer Ward
August 25, 2017
Paul will be Swimming the Great Scottish Swim and Firth of Forth for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill Children’s Charity) because our children need the latest cancer treatments.
This week, two more children in Scotland will be diagnosed with cancer and more than two thirds of those children will be treated in wards 2A and 2B, known to many as Schiehallion, at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
Our brave son Jacob has been receiving treatment from Glasgow Children's Hospital and Schiehallion since December 2015 and we're keen to continue our support of the Hospital's charity as much as we can. To date our family and friends have done music gigs, long walks and marathons raising over £24,290 (inc gift aid) for the hospital and over £3178 (inc gift aid) for the Brain Tumour Charity.
This time I wanted to take myself completely out of my comfort zone so I've signed up for two big swims: The Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond (August 26th) and swimming across the Firth of Forth (September 3rd). I'm not a good swimmer so have been training with Rob Hamilton (www.vigourevents.com) who has really improved my freestyle and introduced me to open water swimming in the local quarry. Huge thanks to Rob for his support and mentoring. I'm not racing here, I just want to make it to the end without swallowing too much water :-)
In sponsoring me, you are directly supporting the Hospital's Schiehallion Appeal which hopes to raise £500,000 to enhance the clinical trials centre in Schiehallion, and bring more of the latest cancer treatments to Scotland.
Clinical trials give children access to a new type of treatment when conventional treatments have failed. With your support, we hope to bring more early phase trials to our children's hospital, giving young patients from across Scotland the best possible chance in their fight against cancer.
A few weeks ago we featured Susie's story, here is a video update on how she is getting on.
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