Challenger of the month

Every month we celebrate a person or team who has gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. It’s not always about who has run the fastest or the furthest or longest. We aim to celebrate people who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and done something that has been a real challenge for them.

Our Challengers of the Month for November 2019 are…

Alex, Maisie and Jessica – Twickenham Stadion Race – Spartan Kids Race

Our November Challengers of the Month are three sensational super Spartans who ran, crawled and clambered over exciting obstacles at the Spartan Kids Race at Twickenham Stadium, all in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Six year-old Alex, his four-year-old sister Maisie and their six-year-old friend Jessica took on the Spartans Kids Race in memory of Alex and Maisie’s baby cousin Jack who died in May, aged just 26 days old.

Jack was born on 26 April with holes in his lungs and chronic kidney disease, spending the first 18 days of his short life in three different hospitals. On day 19 his parents, Kirsty and Michael were told the devastating news that he was being moved to a hospice for end-of-life care. Jack was transferred to Christopher’s, our Guildford hospice.

Jack’s mum Kirsty said, “When arriving at Christopher’s our family were greeted and looked after from the first second. We got to make memories with Jack that we never thought possible. We got to make memory casts of his hands and pictures that we will cherish forever. The physical, mental and emotional support they gave us and our family is out of this world. Jack had a life because of the hospice and we thank them for the 7 days we got spend with our baby as a family.”

Amy, Alex and Maisie’s mum said, “When they were asked if they wanted to take on the challenge and raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices who cared for their baby cousin, they didn’t hesitate to say yes. They’re very active, outdoorsy children and got really excited watching some videos of other Spartan Kids Races beforehand.

Ahead of the race at the world famous stadium the siblings made sure they got some practise in, “We were running and jumping over things in the garden, and practising on climbing frames and balance beams in the play park,” explains Amy.

The triumphant trio took on the route, climbing, jumping and crawling through the various obstacles. “The children loved it – I’m really proud of them all, especially Maisie as she was one of the youngest there and some of the obstacles must have seemed daunting for her. All three of them did so well and are already talking about taking part next year!”

And how did Alex and Maisie find it? “I loved the big climbing frame because it was so big. I got scared at the top but was happy at the bottom when I did it!” said Maisie.

“I really liked it all but climbing up the rope and hitting the bell was my favourite obstacle. I took my medal into school to show my class and they were all impressed and wanted to see it!” said Alex.

Between them they have raised an amazing £788.75 for Shooting Star Children Hospices – which will go on to help make every moment count for families.