George Mathias is an 11 year old from Eccleston who is raising money for Alder Hey Hospital. The Hospital saved his younger brother James’ life after he went into a coma shortly after being born prematurely.
George decided to run a mile for each month that he has spent with six-year-old James. And this became the Run With George campaign which has so far raised tens of thousands of pounds for the hospital.
Here is what’s been happening during September
3rd September – Milestone
“I did it!!”
“Today was the day I managed to run a mile for every month I have had my little brother James, that’s 82 miles.”
“So far we’ve raised £37,000 for Alder Hey!
“But I’m not finished!!
“I want to run at least 100 miles to try to raise £50,000 to try to save as many lives as possible.”
“So anyone who can, please donate at www.runwithgeorge.com ”
“Thanks a million!!”
6th September – Start Of A New School Year.
First day at De La Salle for George and Y2 for James, his brother.
7th September – The Story So Far
“Over the last 8 months I have run 82 miles and with your help I have raised over £37,000.”
“I am trying to reach 100 miles and to raise £50,000. That will be a lot more running and a lot more donations!!”
“This video shows the story of those first 8 months, and is my way of saying thank you to you all for supporting me. I never dreamt it would go as well as it has.”
“I hope you like the video, and please do share it if you can, as I hope more people can come and support me to get to my target of £50,000 for Alder Hey to say thank you for saving the life of my crazy, wild, fantastic little brother James!!”
“I really hope you enjoy the video. Lots of familiar faces in it!!”
“The website is www.runwithgeorge.com and please click on “donate” ”
“Thanks to everyone. You are fantastic!!”
Lots of love
13th September – Man Utd Legend Wes Brown
“My 83rd mile and I ran with Man Utd Legend Wes Brown.”
“You can see in the video he made us train like Rocky!! Lots of water too, we were SOAKED!!”
“He nominated Michael & Lisa Carrick next!”
“I’m really trying to get to my target of £50k so any help you can give me would be so appreciated.”
“Website is www.runwithgeorge.com and please click on “donate” ”
“Thanks everyone, you’re brilliant!!”
— George Mathias (@RunWithGeorgeUK) September 13, 2017
— Ben Shephard (@benshephard) September 14, 2017
15th September – George Wins Young Personality Award
Many magnificent local heroes were recognised at this year’s glittering and glamorous Liverpool ECHO Awards ceremony at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel. And one of those was George, who won the Merseyrail Young Personality Award for his Run With George Campaign.
George said “I’m so excited to have been one of the winners at the Echo Awards. It was an amazing night and I was a little bit nervous, so it was really nice to hear my name read out. I really want to thank everyone who has supported me because I would never have won without them”
His parents Richard and Sue said “We are delighted that George has received this honour. There are so many people doing amazing things to make a difference, so to even be nominated was a huge honour. George insisted on taking his little brother James onto the stage when he received his award, because he was his inspiration for starting his charity. We were really proud to see them both on stage together”
The ECHO Awards, which were presented by original Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and Hollyoaks actress Jessica Fox and featured a three course dinner and live entertainment, celebrated all that is great about our region.
George has enlisted the help of many famous people for his Run With George Campaign. Here are a few of their tweets congratulating him upon his win.
TV Presenter Ben Shepherd
George you legend!! So so proud to have run with you and James. Well done mate ????
— Ben Shephard (@benshephard) September 16, 2017
Comedian John Bishop
This is a brilliant achievement George. You have done a brilliant thing and you should as proud as I know your family are ???????? https://t.co/V4392xjadE
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) September 16, 2017
Olympic Champion Chris Hoy
Congratulations George! Very well deserved! ??
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) September 15, 2017
ECHO editor Ali Machray said: “This was another tremendous night for Merseyside, which again gave the ECHO a chance to highlight the fantastic contributions made by so many individuals and organisations.
“We are so proud of all our winners, all those who were shortlisted and all those who were nominated.
“Merseyside is such a special place, with so many special people.
George has also been shortlisted for an Award at the North West Charity Awards in the Young Charity Ambassador of the Year category. Read more => https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/08/16/north-west-charity-of-the-year-awards-finalists/
26th September – Comedy Night
— steph ledigo (@stephledigo) September 26, 2017
27th September – Liverpool FC Boss Peter Moore
“Had a fantastic run with the boss of Liverpool FC Peter Moore (he’s Jurgen Klopp’s boss!!)”
“Thanks so much to Peter, Liverpool FC Foundation and all the wonderful people who turned up to run with me in the rain tonight.”
“We will be on LFC TV and the LFC website in the next few days! ”
— LFC Foundation (@LFCFoundation) September 27, 2017
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) September 27, 2017
— George Mathias (@RunWithGeorgeUK) September 27, 2017
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) September 27, 2017
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