Great North Run challenge for Royston mum

A ROYSTON mum will take on The Great North Run to help a hospital that treated her son.

Kathryne Scully will pound the streets of Newcastle to raise funds for the improvement of The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge that helped new-born Sam.

She said: “Staff at the Rosie are amazing, caring people who make a real difference to the lives of local families.

“The early stages of motherhood sometimes feels like a marathon, so it seemed apt to undertake a big physical challenge on behalf of the team.

“I ran the London Marathon in 2000 and always vowed I’d do the Great North Run.

“So here I am – older, unfitter but even more determined to cross that line to raise money for the Rosie and other babies like Sam who are born with complicated conditions and need urgent specialist care”.

The fundraising mission was sparked by the care Sam received after he was born at the Rosie in November 2011 with Hirschsprung’s Disease, a serious genetic condition affecting his digestive system.

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The youngster could not keep any milk down after birth and after spending ten days on the Special Care Baby Unit) Sam was able to go home - but has had to return to the hospital regularly to ease his symptoms and has endured an operation.

To find out more on the campaign to expand the hospital go to or call 01223 217757.