Barnaby Hope, son of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH) trustees Sarah and Christopher Hope, and 9 other school friends, will be put through their paces at the Pulse 3K race on Sunday 9th October, to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
The run, which will take place alongside the famous Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in the centre of London, is for young people aged 11-16. Soon to turn 11 year old Barnaby and his friends have been inspired to run for ELoH, recognising the vital importance of helping other children who have lost their limbs and are less fortunate than themselves.
ELoH was set up by Barnaby’s mother Sarah and Aunt Victoria, after his grandmother was killed in a bus crash in 2007. Sarah suffered horrific injuries and Barnaby’s two year old sister Pollyanna lost her leg below the knee in the incident, which happened when a bus ran onto the pavement near their home. Since then, Barnaby has been passionate about helping Pollyanna and other limbless children to have normal and happy lives. He has also been motivated by his mother Sarah, who raised thousands of pounds for charity through sponsored runs and half marathons after the accident.
Barnaby and his mates are now training hard in advance of the race, and encouraging all of their families and friends to sponsor them generously. Each donation that they receive will go such a long way – approximately £30 provides a brand new leg for a limbless child in a developing country like Tanzania, so that they can walk, run, skip and dance again.
If you are interested in supporting Barnaby and his friends, please visit their dedicated fundraising page on JustGiving and dig deep: http://www.justgiving.com/barnabyandfriends
Talking about the upcoming race, Barnaby says:
“I’m so excited about the Pulse 3K and I can’t wait to raise money for Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, which my Mum and Aunt Victoria set up in memory of Gran Gran to help other children like my sister Pollyanna to walk again. It is great that so many of my mates are doing this with me, and I hope that there will be lots of people cheering us on when we make our way to the finish line. I am very proud to be doing it.”
Read about Barnaby and friends’ fundraising efforts here in The Richmond Informer.