All for Jessica: 4x4x48 challenge boosts funds for caring hospice - The Solihull Observer

All for Jessica: 4x4x48 challenge boosts funds for caring hospice

Solihull Editorial 2nd Apr, 2021   0

SOLIHULL resident Adrian Thompson has raised £2,258 to support desperately ill children by completing four x four x 48 running challenge in Knowle.

Adrian ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours, starting at 4am on Saturday and finishing at midnight on Sunday for the Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice, which provides support for his friend’s little girl Jessica.

He ran four miles on 12 separate occasions at four hourly intervals, and was joined by his friend Ian Cooper who was running for mental health charities.

Food, rest and sleep was slotted in between these runs.




Jessica, aged seven, has a life-shortening neurological condition called Leigh’s Disease and has been coming to Helen & Douglas House in Oxford since September 2014.

Vicky, Jessica’s mum, said: ‘When Jessica was diagnosed we were advised to enjoy every day we had with her.


“They indicated she wouldn’t make it through her toddler years.

“But I do think when you come to Helen & Douglas House it gives you hope.

“You realise there are lots of things you can do with a child with a disability that you might not have thought about before.”

Adrian said: “I set myself a target of raising £500 for Helen & Douglas House but ended up raising £2,258 so would like to thank all my family and friends for sponsoring me.

“I’m raising money for the hospice because they provide invaluable support to our friends Vicky, Keith, Jessica and James.

“They are close family friends and Jessica is very special to us.

“Charities like Helen & Douglas House have had a huge reduction in donations over the past year yet their support for children like Jessica and their families are needed now more than ever.”

To add to Adrian’s total visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adrian-thompson23

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