A school girl from Bromsgrove has been crowned this week’s Charity Champion after raising over £500 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Ten-year-old Ruby Brett, a pupil at Park Side Middle School, took part in the Birmingham Junior Run last October to raise funds for the hospital.  

At birth, Ruby was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis; a rare condition which causes benign (mostly non-cancerous) tumours to grow in parts of her body. She is currently on medication to control a tumour on her kidney.

To say thank you for her care, Ruby decided to take on a challenge and signed up to the 2.5k run.

Her mum, Abbey-Rose said: “Ruby was so excited to do the run and couldn’t wait for the day to come. However, when we arrived at the event, it was absolutely tipping it down, and we were all completely soaked through before we even started. But the weather didn’t dampen Ruby’s spirits and somehow even made her more determined!

“I ran alongside her and it was a fantastic feeling when we crossed the finish line and saw all our supporters cheering us on, including Ruby’s grandparents and little sister, Georgia. It was a fantastic feeling to know we had raised funds for the hospital’s charity, and that the money will go on to help all of the brave children and passionate staff we meet there.”

Serena Daw, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Wow – what an incredible little girl Ruby is. We’d like to say a huge thank you to her and everyone who sponsored her. It’s inspiring to hear that the world-class care she receives at our hospital has inspired her to start on her fundraising journey to help others – especially considering she’s only 10-years-old!  

“Our hospital treats over 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year, and the money Ruby has raised will make a huge difference, ensuring we can offer them the best possible experience while they are with us.”

If you’d like to follow in Ruby’s footsteps and take on an event in 2019, visit bch.org.uk or call 0121 333 8506.