A determined mum stepped outside her comfort zone and into the ring to help raise money for a children’s charity that enabled her to stay by her son’s bedside when he was fighting for life at just three-weeks-old.
Claire Rowe, 28 from Stoke-on-Trent, competed in a demanding White Collar Boxing match for which she undertook eight weeks of intense training to prepare. The mum-of-two defeated her opponent in the match consisting of three two-minute rounds and raised £400 for The Sick Children’s Trust – the charity that provided her with a room when son Kayne was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, 80 miles away from home.
Claire says: “My training paid off and I won my fight, though I must admit my opponent was amazing and put up a really good battle.
“I’m amazed at the amount of support I have received with the fundraising and I sincerely hope it helps to give something back to such a wonderful charity.”
The Sick Children’s Trust were able to support not only Claire, but her eldest son Amir in their Magnolia House which has direct access to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Neonatal Surgical Unit and helped keep the family together during the ordeal – something which the charity believes has a significant impact on the recovery of sick children. Claire continues:
“Kayne developed a stomach condition at three weeks old– Pyloric Stenosis – which meant he was seriously dehydrated and unable to gain weight. We weren’t sure how long he was going to be in for and I worried about keeping my family together, but The Sick Children’s Trust put a stop to my fears by giving my family a room to stay in. For that I am truly grateful.”
The Sick Children’s Trust helps around 3,500 families every year across the country with their ten ‘Homes from Home’ which give families access to a private room, living room, kitchen, bathroom alongside laundry facilities and a playroom.
Ann Wyatt, Magnolia House Manager says: “It’s great to see Claire on a mission to raise money for us; it goes a long way to helping us reach those numbers. This year we need to raise £1.7million in order to keep all our houses running, so someone like Claire taking the time to take on a challenge for us makes a huge difference.”
To find out more about The Sick Children’s Trust, please visit http://www.sickchildrenstrust.org/