A dedicated dad is taking on the world’s bubbliest race to give back to the Worcester charity that provides “invaluable” care for his daughter.
Simon Pitcher, 48, is taking part in the Acorns Bubble Rush, at Hatton Country World on 24 June, joining hundreds of participants around a 5km course through reams of colourful bubbles.
The event is being held to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice and the charity’s vital work caring for children and their families, including Simon’s 10-year-old daughter Caitlin, who visits the charity’s hospice in Worcester for short breaks.
Simon, who lives in Warwick with his wife Cheryl, said: “Acorns support is invaluable and gives us that much needed respite. They give us a break so we can recharge our batteries and be able to continue caring for Caitlin.”
When Caitlin was born, her parents did not know if she would survive. After a normal pregnancy, Caitlin was born very floppy and unable to open her eyes. Simon and Cheryl have since learnt she has a ‘gene deletion’ meaning she can’t walk, talk or feed herself.
Simon continued: “We carry out all Caitlin’s personal care, every day. Don’t get me wrong, although it’s exhausting, it’s also very worthwhile. Caitlin always has a smile and is always ready to play.
“Acorns provide the only overnight respite we get. Caitlin is on a machine to help her breathe, every single night and some nights we get very little sleep.
“That’s why I’m trying to raise a little money through sponsorship for Acorns. It might not be a lot, but it’s our way of saying thank you for all they do for us and for caring for our little girl as much as we do.”
Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people and support for the family. In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 70 children and their families from Warwickshire.
Visit Simon’s Just Giving page here: www.justgiving.com/Pitch68