Marathon Man Mike Barnett Running in Memory of his Niece
Mike first became involved with CLIC Sargent in 2004 when his 10 year old niece Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and underwent surgery at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Sadly, following year years of illness, Sarah sadly passed away on 14th February 2007.
In 2005, Mike and his son Jonathan decided to take part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon to show their appreciation of the support CLIC Sargent gave to the family during Sarah’s illness. Since his first marathon in 2005 Mike has now completed seven marathons for CLIC Sargent and raised over£16.500 in memory of his niece Sarah. Now Mike is encouraging people to support other families affected by cancer in children and young people by signing up to run 13 miles in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon on 14th September 2014.
Speaking about why he supports CLIC Sargent, Mike said:
“Throughout her three years of illness, Sarah never uttered one word of bitterness or self pity. She was so brave, strong and such a courageous child. She touched the hearts of people who never even knew her and she left a very deep void in many hearts. During Sarah’s illness, CLIC Sargent provided a huge amount of support, not just to Sarah but to her family as well.
So, to say thank you and to express our appreciation for the care, consideration and compassion that CLIC Sargent had shown Sarah and her family, I decided I wanted to do something to keep Sarah’s memory alive and to support other families affected by childhood cancer. Since 2005 I have ran seven marathons, taken part in Abseils and helped to organise other events for CLIC Sargent.”
I would encourage anyone and everyone to support CLIC Sargent by taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon and raising funds for the NI Homes from Home Appeal.”
CLIC Sargent’s ‘Homes from Home’ Appeal aims to help families by building a second specialist home for teenagers and young people in close proximity to Belfast’s principal treatment centre and need your help to raise £1 million to achieve this vision. The Home from Home will be designed with the families and their circumstances in mind. It will comprise of large en suite family bedrooms, communal living and kitchen spaces, a quiet room and age appropriate play space.
This Home from Home follows on from the first one opening earlier this year, just a few steps from the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The home will be provided free of charge – offering families the ability to remain close to their child while they undergo treatment as well as the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life by keeping the whole family together.
Teresa Sloan, Appeal Director said; “We were delighted to have 3,000 runners take to the streets of Belfast on May 5th in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home Appeal and we’re hoping that many will “Keep on Running for Home” in the Half Marathon. 2014 is a big year for the charity, earlier this year we opened Northern Ireland’s first ever ‘Home from Home’ for families of young children undergoing cancer treatments at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Although we are over half way, our fundraising focus is to develop a second Home from Home specifically designed for teenagers and young adults which will be located in close proximity to the City Hospital.
The ‘Homes from Home’ appeal to date has received tremendous support from the people of Northern Ireland, but we still have some way to go before we reach the fundraising targets. So, if you’re a runner and are interested in getting involved in the 2014 half marathon, why not do it and ‘Run for Home’ for CLIC Sargent? Any money you raise will stay in Northern Ireland and will go directly to the NI ‘Homes from Home’ appeal.”
To learn more about CLIC Sargent’s ‘Homes from Home’ Appeal and to ‘Run for Home’ please visitwww.clicsargent.org.uk/content/northern-ireland-appeal