Isabelle Young, aged nine, a former East Surrey Hospital patient, from Caterham, has run ten kilometres and raised over £150 to buy gifts for children who are in hospital over Christmas.
Earlier this year Isabelle spent five days on Outwood children’s ward after being admitted to hospital with peritonitis and having surgery to remove her appendix.
Isabelle said: “I wanted to do this because I wanted to make poorly children feel happy at Christmas and also say thank you to the staff who helped me get better.”
Sponsored by school friends, teachers and family and joined by her mum, dad and big brother Zac, thirteen, Isabelle ran the Riddlesdown 5K Park Run twice and completed her 10k challenge in 1 hour and 21 minutes.
Isabelle’s mum, Angela said: “She is such a kind and generous natured young girl, I suspect it won’t be her last fundraising event.”
Outwood Ward play leaders Katie Hoads and Kerry Nash said: “We cannot thank Isabelle enough, she is a remarkable young girl and the fact that she ran the race and organised donations for the children at such a young age is an amazing achievement.”