16th Dec, 2017

Dad takes on race to thank hospice for support given to his family

A DAD is preparing to take on the world’s bubbliest race as a way of saying thank you.

Simon Pitcher will be running in the Acorns Bubble Rush at Hatton Country World on June 24 to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice that provided invaluable care for his ten year-old daughter Caitlin.

Simon, who lives in Warwick with his wife Cheryl, said: “Acorns’ support is invaluable. They give us a break so we can recharge our batteries and continue caring for Caitlin.”

When Caitlin was born, doctors didn’t know if she would survive. She was very floppy and unable to open her eyes. Simon and Cheryl have since learnt she has a gene deletion, meaning she can’t walk, talk or feed herself.

Simon explained: “We carry out all Caitlin’s personal care. Although it’s exhausting, it’s also very worthwhile. Caitlin always has a smile and is ready to play.

“Caitlin is on a machine to help her breathe, every single night and sometimes we get very little sleep. Acorns provide the only overnight respite we get, so that’s why I’m raising money for them.

“It might not be a lot, but it’s our way of saying thank you for all they do for us and for caring for our little girl as much as we do.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people, and support for the family. In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 70 children and their families from Warwickshire.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Pitch68 to support Simon’s fundraising efforts.

To take part in the Bubble Rush, visit www.acorns.org.uk/bubblerush or email events@acorns.org.uk

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