Mother of brave Bertie to tackle Great North Run

The running team with Bertie.
The running team with Bertie.

The mother of a brave boy who battled a brain tumour is running the Great North Run for a charity which supported the family in its time of need.

Claire Miller-Grossett, from Warkworth, is gearing up to tackle September’s half-marathon for The Sick Children’s Trust’s Crawford House.

Crawford House, in Newcastle, provided the family respite when Bertie – aged two at the time – needed life-saving surgery in November.

A month later, Bertie and his family – including mum Gemma and brother Sebastian – flew to the USA for him to have proton-beam therapy.

Now Claire, as well as Lucy Grieve, Emily Anderson and Emily Carvin, all from Pumpkin Pie Nursery – which has provided vital support – and good friend Samantha Charlton, from Bertram’s in Warkworth, will take on the run.

Claire said: “The Sick Children’s Trust is a charity that most people won’t have heard of, that is, until, like ourselves, you find yourself in a situation you could never imagine. Bertie received life-saving surgery and we didn’t leave Newcastle’s RVI until eight days later.

“Our attention turned to how we were going to mange to look after both our sons while living 35 miles from the hospital – but we didn’t need to.

“The RVI staff arranged for us to have a room at Crawford House, near to the hospital. At a time of stress and uncertainly, we were able to be together – which meant so much.

“Crawford House offered us a room to sleep in with a cot for Sebastian, a place to wash, prepare meals and try to regain some normality. It was a lifeline and we want to ensure it continues to be for others.”

Thousands of pounds were raised to support the family while they were in America, so to give something back, the Miller-Grossetts have donated the £350 target themselves.

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