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Mum’s first Great North Run Challenge in support of her daughter Amber

Emily Giles, 31, from Gateshead is taking on the Great North Run this year in support of our Children and Young Adult’s Service, where her daughter Amber receives care. 

This is the first year Emily is taking part in the Great North Run. She tells us:

“My 4 year old daughter Amber was born 16 weeks early and as a result of this, she has four limb cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and is profoundly deaf. Amber is a resident for 3 nights every month at St Oswald’s Children's Hospice. She's been going for about a year now and it's been an absolute godsend! Not only does she absolutely love it, but as a single mother of a child with additional needs, it can be difficult to get a break. St Oswald’s gives me the chance to recharge my batteries and catch up with friends.

“When Amber is there I'm safe in the knowledge she is happy and well looked after by fully trained and experienced nurses who are truly wonderful at their jobs. It's a great service - I would really be lost without it now.”

Emily is running with her friend, Vicki Miller, and they will be joining over 350 supporters running for Team St Oswald’s.

Emily finished:

“I'll be honest; my training has been a little slow. Amber has had quite a lot of hospital admissions that have thrown me off course a little, but I'm doing what I can, getting out jogging, going to the gym and doing fitness classes. I will do my best, but it’s the taking part that counts! I'm massively depending on the crowds to get me through. I've been a spectator a few times and the atmosphere is electric, plus the overall achievement will be a nice feeling too!”

Emily is fundraising by asking friends and family for donations and has also set up a Just Giving account online. To sponsor Emily, visit her page here