George’s Dragons fantastic year of fundraising began on St George’s Day 2019 and runs up to 20th March 2020 – ten years to the day that George and his family’s lives changed forever.
Up until the age of seven, George was living like any other healthy child, until one morning in 2010 when mum Nicky and dad Phil found their son lying in bed awake, but unable to move or talk. Now at 17 years old, George’s condition still remains undiagnosed, with no prognosis, nine years on from his first seizure.
The family have been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for seven years with services including respite, Hospice at Home, therapies and special experiences for all the family to enjoy and create memories.
“We want to thank an amazing charity who has kept us going in the most difficult of times, so we decided to run a year of fundraising in aid of them,” explains mum Nicky.
The family, along with friends, have held events and taken on challenges throughout the year, with Nicky donning her trainers and focusing on some epic running challenges with her friend Julie. The pair have completed Vitality London 10K, Weybridge 10K, The British 10K and Disneyland Paris Run Weekend 5K and is set to take on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon 2020.
As well as fantastic runs, last June, Nicky and daughter Mia took on the challenge of getting up at 3.30am to successfully complete our Guildford Sunrise Walk, and the family have also organised several quiz nights and a special car treasure hunt to try raise as much money as they can!
The family’s latest fundraising event is inviting walkers to join them on a scenic 5km stroll around the beautiful grounds of Painshill Park, Cobham on Sunday 15th March. The 18th landscape garden, created by Hon. Charles Hamilton was designed with his vision of ‘living paintings’ creating a sequence of breathtaking and surprising vistas at Painshill. Not only will the walkers be able to enjoy the thoroughly beautiful scenery, afterwards they will be treated to a delicious cream tea as well as free entry to the park for all ticket holders.
Since the family started their phenomenal year of fundraising they have raised over £20,000 to help us continue to provide the vital care and support for families across Surrey and London.
“We know that any seizure could take him from us and he is reliant on his medication to manage his condition, not treat it,” says Nicky. “Whatever the future holds, dealing with the impact of George’s condition is made bearable because of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and we simply couldn’t function without them. They are the greatest support network to anyone in our position.”