A number of families from Wandsworth Prep recently supported Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) by taking part in the RBC Race for the Kids at Battersea Park. Sophie Long, Chair of our Parents’ Association, has shared her thoughts about the value in taking part in activities, such as this:
"As Chair of Wandsworth Prep’s PTA and lover of running (last year I ran the London marathon) when Fleur told me about the race in the park event, I knew that we absolutely had to take part. My kids were especially excited to be joining me for a race and receiving their own medal, whilst at the same time helping the children at GOSH.
We trained on foot, on scooter and bike, covering all possibilities for the day. Ultimately, the scooter won and my eldest scooted whilst I ran. My youngest, at three and a half, seemed tired before the race even got started. "I'm tired… my legs hurt!" so my husband, Jon, agreed to pull her on her scooter around the course. However, much to my surprise, once over the start line her inner determination showed itself and she insisted on scooting all by herself as fast as her little legs would take her! Turns out they crossed the line a mere few minutes after my son and myself! It was a very proud moment for me. The team of kids we recruited on the day were just as brilliant each running or scooting alongside mum or dad all proudly representing their school, Wandsworth Prep, and raising as much money as possible for their chosen charity.
Everything about the day was fantastic. We ended up spending most of the day there and, as a family day out, I would rate it as a no.1 experience for everyone and I'm super proud to have been a part of it and the fundraising we achieved. It was especially poignant for Fleur and her daughter, Luella, who had first-hand experience of the amazing care given by the doctors, nurses and volunteers at the hospital, when she was just a baby. Despite being an incredibly emotive day, the positive energy and determination form all the children involved was so apparent and inspiring that the it was a truly magical day that I will never forget.
My family and I are moving to Los Angeles in a few months but I've already told my husband that we need to be back for next year’s Race in the Park, this time with a much bigger Wandsworth prep crowd… parents teachers and kids, oh, and not forgetting Bug the Pug!"
Sophie Long, Chair of Friends of Wandsworth Prep