Comet Community Awards 2015: Letchworth mum goes distance for charity cause close to her heart
PUBLISHED: 11:59 16 January 2016
A mum who has been fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital for the best part of 15 years has been nominated as a Charity Champion for this year’s Comet Community Awards.
Carol Thompson’s desire to raise funds for the charity started when her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with a rare heart and lung condition before he was born.
Matthew – who is now 13 – had an operation at the hospital when he was four months old, and although he is still seen regularly by specialists, it made a huge difference on his ability to live a normal life.
As well as taking part in GOSH’s Race for Kids along with her family – Matthew, husband Colin and daughter Helen – the 41-year-old also raised more than £3,000 for the hospital by completing the London Marathon in 2005 only nine months after having surgery on her heart.
Closer to home – which is Sanderling Close in Letchworth – Carol has held book and cake sales at Hillshott, Pixmore and Highfield, depending which school her children have been attending at the time.
Carol also arranged funding for potentially lifesaving automated external defibrillators for all secondary schools in the Letchworth and Baldock, by obtaining a combination of personal and company donations.
“It is a lovely surprise to be nominated,” Carol said. “I find it very rewarding organising the various fundraising events and raising money for a charity that has a very special place in my heart.
“It is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to the amazing hospital team who saved my son’s life and continue to look after him so well.
“Thank you to all my friends and family who support the various fundraising events and donate to my favourite charity.”
Colin Thompson, who nominated his wife for the award, said: “All of Carol’s fundraising has been done without ever expecting to receive anything in return, and while still being a great mum and wife and daughter.”
The annual awards ceremony will take place at The Icknield Centre in May.