Edinburgh family takes on 500km charity challenge for Sick Kids Hospital

Four siblings have set themselves the mammoth challenge of running, walking and cycling a combined 500km during Lent.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 12:30 pm
L-R: Niamh, 16, Murray, 11, Ruari, 7, Ava, 13, have set themselves the mammoth challenge of running, walking and cycling a combined 500km

Rather than the traditional giving up of treats the Inglis siblings - Niamh, 16, Ava, 13, Murray, 11 and Ruari Inglis, 7, decided to raise cash for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC).

The fundraising four have all been frequent visitors to the hospital for various ailments in the past so wanted to give back to say thank you for the fantastic care they have received.

Covering the full 500km distance by walking, running or cycling 21km each per week the sporty family have already smashed their £500 target, with £795 raised so far.

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Proud dad Michael Inglis said: “Given the sacrifices the children have endured due to Covid-19 and lockdown, we asked if they wanted to do something positive as opposed to the usual giving up of chocolate or computer games.

“We are keeping track of the distance they have covered and how far they still need to go, so they now have a good appreciation of how big a challenge they have taken on. They are enjoying it so far though – it has had a positive impact on getting them outdoors more and there is a competitive edge as they are trying to see who can contribute the most kilometres.

“We chose ECHC as the Sick Kids hospital has been a tremendous support to our family over the years.

“Our friends used to joke that we had an ‘Inglis Wing’ at the hospital as we were such frequent visitors with minor ailments and broken bones.

“The doctors, nurses and all support staff have always been brilliant in the care and interaction they have had with Niamh, Ava, Murray and Ruari and the children are delighted they can do something positive to give back.”

Victoria Buchanan, from ECHC, said: “It is thanks to the dedication of fundraisers like these fantastic four that we are able to support children and families at the hospital through daily arts activities, ward-based youth work, the play programme, our hospital shop, and world class medical equipment and research. We could not do this without our supporters and we wish Niamh, Ava, Murray and Ruari lots of luck with the rest of their challenge.”