Lanarkshire nurse completes race to raise funds for seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital

A Hamilton-born nurse has taken part in the virtual RBC Race for the Kids event with her two-year-old daughter to help raise money for seriously ill children.

After taking up running as a way of meeting people when she moved from Hamilton to London for work, Lynsay MacDonald soon discovered a love for the sport and has since taken part in numerous charity runs.

Lynsay, a pulmonary hypertension research nurse based at the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), completed a 10k distance with a group of eight fellow colleagues in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

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And her two-year-old daughter Freya joined the team in her buggy.

She runs in aid of the infamous children’s hospital where she works and this time around raised over £500 for the charity.

Lynsay told Lanarkshire Live : “I started running RBC Race for the Kids when I started working at GOSH in 2016. To run a race for the charity that benefits the hospital is amazing – I couldn’t not go.

“When you are directly involved in seeing where that money is going and how it’s being spent, and you yourself are benefitting from the donations, it motivates you so much more.

“We need the GOSH Charity a lot for the children at the Zayed Centre for Research. We always use Charity funding to celebrate children’s birthdays and other similar events – for parties and birthday presents, whatever we need really.

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“The Zayed Centre for Research itself is also heavily funded by the Charity. Without Charity funding we wouldn’t be able to do half the things we do.”

Over the last 11 years the London RBC Race for the Kids event has raised over £8m for GOSH Charity, making a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families from across the UK.

The money raised will go towards funding the hospital’s most urgent needs, including research into pioneering new treatments, cutting-edge medical equipment, support services for children and their families, such as parent accommodation and the hospital’s Play team, and the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

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