Giving something back: pupil helped by hospital gathers friends for fund-raising run

Year 11 pupil Shivam Masrani and five classmates joined in a 10km run to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Shivam has received treatment at the famous hospital over the past year and on his visits there he has been moved by the sight of children with serious medical problems that, as he says, “no child should have to live with”.

He and his five Year 11 friends – Rohan Rangra, Oliver Than-Lu, Sachin Nayar, Rawan Ebrahim and Faraz Rezai – trained together at lunchtimes and during the recent half-term break for the first Run London 10km event in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. It was the first run of that distance for several of the group.

""They aimed to complete the distance within an hour and all succeeded: their finishing times ranged from 49 to 59 minutes, with Shivam himself finishing in 55:53. The six have already exceeded their initial fundraising target of £1,000, but are now appealing for donations to take the total as high as possible.

""Shivam suffers from dystonia – a term for a range of movement disorders that can cause muscle spasms and contractions. It is thought to be a neurological condition and Shivam has thus been receiving treatment from GOSH’s Neurology department.

On his Just Giving web page, he writes: “Over the past year I have been getting treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital for a small condition called dystonia. The hospital was able to diagnose me quickly and put me on medication to prevent these symptoms.

""“On each visit there I have seen children who have unfortunate disabilities that no child should have to live with… We are so fortunate compared to these children so we should do our part to help them. We are not asking for large donations from everyone but every small amount will go a long way so please do your part to help.”

The money will be used by GOSH will help redevelop the hospital, to fund research and to provide equipment and accommodation so that more sick children and their families can be cared for.