11 year old George Mathias crowned a truly memorable year by winning the Pride Of St Helens Community Champion, the North West Charity Awards Young Ambassador, The Liverpool Echo Young Personality, and finally the Pride of Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year at a star studded ceremony in London.
George’s little brother James was born seven weeks premature, spent five days in a coma and was close to death. Thanks to the staff at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, he made a full recovery and is now a happy and healthy six-year-old. George was so grateful, he wanted to find a way to help the hospital treat other children. His dad Richard told him if he came up with an idea, he’d help make it happen.
George decided to run a mile for every month James had been alive, thanks to the doctors and nurses at Alder Hey. But after reaching that goal, he didn’t stop.
Not content with having now raised £55,000 for Alder Hey, George has vowed to carry on and has doubled his target of miles to 200! To say thank you to everyone who has supported him, George has organised the Run With George Christmas Family Fun Run at Victoria Park, North Road, St Helens.
It will take place at 11am on Sunday 17th December and is open to anyone regardless of ability to run or walk. Entry fee is a donation on the day to The Run With George Charity with every penny going to Alder Hey Children’s hospital.
George’s Dad Richard said “It has been an unbelievable year to go from nothing to George winning the Pride of Britain, but he doesn’t want to stop. He wants to build on his success and run more miles to raise more money.”
“He really wanted to do a local run and get as many people as possible active. It will be a lovely event, with everyone invited to wear their Christmas hats to get them in the spirit!”
George said “I have enjoyed running and raising money so much that I want to carry on, but I really wanted to do something locally to get as many people as possible to run with me.”
Full details of the Run can be found on the Run With George Facebook page.
Read about George and his Pride of Britain Award here