Emma’s baby boy undergoes life-saving heart surgery, 15 years later forever-grateful mum tackles fear of heights with a skydive and her first half marathon to raise vital funds for GOSH.

Emma’s son Josh was born in 2003 weighing 9lb 12.5ozs.

After he was born, Josh seemed very tired and unhappy, but when Emma took him to the GP she was told there was nothing wrong.

She persisted, knowing something wasn’t right, and when Josh was finally examined it was discovered that he had no real pulse in his groin. Before she knew it, they were being told by a cardiologist that he needed heart surgery.

“Once the problem had been identified, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves at GOSH and – although it was the worst time in my life – we couldn’t have been anywhere better.

“If you’ve not been to GOSH before, you might not know what I mean when I say it’s a great place to be: the love, care and support my son and family received is second to none. It meant a lot, especially as we were far away from our home in Norwich.

“Not only did GOSH save my son’s life by performing heart surgery, but also made us closer as a family and thank you just doesn’t seem enough.

“I am not a very adventurous person, but since Josh’s surgery I have baked cakes, done raffles and tombola’s and taken part in regular fundraising. I’ve even done a sky dive (not bad considering I was scared to go into the attic!).

“I am now running my first ever half marathon, the real buzz Richmond RUNFEST, and I cannot wait. Kew Gardens is such a stunning location and to join 8,000 fellow runners, each fundraising for incredible causes will be amazing. I want to show GOSH and all my friends and family just how much GOSH changed our lives. We are forever grateful. “

Join Emma and take on the realbuzz Richmond RUNFEST half marathon, Saturday 15th September, to make a difference for seriously ill children from across the UK