Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Millie's Dream inspiration to run at Olympic Park

A GIRL from Henley with a heart and lung condition is to run a 5km race at the Olympic Park in London

A GIRL from Henley with a heart and lung condition is to run a 5km race at the Olympic Park in London.

Millie Roberts, nine, of King’s Road, will be among thousands of youngsters taking part in Sunday’s RBC Race for the Kids, which has been organised by Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Millie, a pupil at Rupert House School in Bell Street, had a 24-hour heart monitor fitted by the hospital in 2014.

She was the inspiration for the Millie’s Dream appeal which was started by her mother Sarah Roberts in 2013 to raise money to install defibrillators at 10 local schools. So far, it has bought 45 devices and is still fund-raising.

Miss Roberts said: “Millie has always struggled with prolonged exercise due to her cardiac condition but she is determined to run as much of Sunday’s race as she can.

“She started her training before Easter along the Baltic Coast in Sweden while staying with her grandparents and has continued back home, at school and along the river.

“Friends and supporters of Millie’s Dream have been so incredibly generous and I would like to let them know of Millie’s next dream. She has a campaign page on the Great Ormond Street website for anyone who may like to donate and no amount is too small. Every penny will go to the hospital.”

Millie aims to raise £1,000 for the cardiac unit. To donate, visit http://events.gosh.org/goto/milliesdreamteam

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