Ruaridh took on our Steps against Strep 62 miles in March Facebook challenge and raised over £1500 for Group B Strep Support.
How and when did you become aware of Group B Strep Support?
Whilst pregnant with Ruaridh I had multiple urine samples taken and it came back I was carrying group b strep, which was something myself and my husband Scott had not heard of. I was offered antibiotics during labour and once Ruaridh was born he started to show symptoms of group b strep and was taken to SCBU every 12 hours for antibiotics and which resulted in us staying in hospital for 5 days.
What made you decide to take part in the 62 miles in March Facebook challenge?
Ruaridh had seen a lot of photos when he was a newborn and had seen the cannula in his hand and asked questions about it so he was always aware of the infection. When I had seen the 62 miles in March challenge on Facebook I had mentioned it to Ruaridh and he said he wanted to do that ‘to save other babies lives’ which at only being 6 years old I thought was such a thoughtful thing to do. This isn’t the first fundraiser Ruaridh has done for the charity, at the age of 2 he took part in the Baxter’s 5k festival of running.
How did you find the fundraising?
We set up Ruaridh’s fundraising page on Facebook and he has received such a fantastic response, everyone’s kind donations and support has been amazing. As well as sharing Ruaridh’s progress we shared more information on group b strep making more and more people aware of it and letting them know how their donations will help other parents and babies.
Ruaridh’s first walk was climbing up Stac Pollaidh, he finished school that day and went up and back down with no complaints. His longest walk was up the 3 monuments at the back of where we live which in total was a 10 mile walk.