Running for Evelina London - Tamsin’s story
Tamsin’s daughter Charlotte has had ongoing treatment in the Pediatric Rheumatology Department at Evelina London for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Tamsin ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 11 October 2015, and shares with us why she is running the London Marathon.
‘One of the reasons I want to fundraise for the Paediatric Rheumatology Department is because the service they provide is fantastic. Eunice is our specialist nurse and whenever we have any worries we can email or call her and talk it through. She listens and provides great advice and support. If necessary she can squeeze us into a clinic at short notice to get Charlotte seen and it makes such a huge difference to Charlotte's care and to our stress levels as parents. She seems to work very long hours!
'When we visit the Clinic, we can see an Opthalmologist, a Physiotherapist, and a Rheumatologist along with a Specialist Nurse, all at the one appointment which is a huge help in terms of lost days at school and work.
‘Over the last 18 months Charlotte has suffered with a lot of muscle pain, and it has been difficult to help her manage it. Eunice has been on the end of the phone for us, and has helped with prescribing pain relief and offering advice. Hopefully, Charlotte is over this now as for the last few weeks she has been pain free for the first time in a very long time. I can't tell you how much we appreciate this support.'
‘So as far as my marathon running and fundraising is concerned, I organised a quiz night in October – we had over 80 people join us for a great evening, with a raffle, which raised over £1000 – one of my colleagues at work was the quiz master. I did a cake sale at work which raised over £250. Recently Charlotte and her friend organised a book sale and raised a whopping £150. I'm doing a sweepstake for my finish time at work which has raised over £80. I've also had lots of very generous sponsorship and I've raised well over the £2500 target.'
We’re wishing Tamsin all the best for her upcoming marathon – you can sponsor her here. Do you have your own place in the London Marathon? Why not join our team and help raise funds for Evelina London.