A chance finding has led to a group of employees at The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) to partner with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity five mile run in March 2019.

OSJCT Development Director Tim Hurdiss’ daughter was admitted to PICU at 18 months of age with a severe asthma attack resulting in respiratory failure. Tim says: “The Unit took such wonderful care of Abbie and we are to this day immensely thankful. It is clearly apparent how hard the doctors and nurses work in PICU and the challenges they themselves face dealing with such sensitive situations daily. The intensity of the environment and ethos of trying to help in any way possible is a testament to us all.”

Abbie Hurdiss is now 16 years old and an energetic teenager who will be joining on the day of the charity run alongside her father, his colleagues from OSJCT and members of the PICU.

Dr Avishay Sarfatti, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care medicine at PICU, comments: "We are delighted to have found this common thread with OSJCT and very much looking forward to associating with the Trust and running together in the OX5 Run. Their support and understanding of our Unit and the care we provide has been much welcomed."

Tim Hurdiss concludes: “We are really pleased about the collaboration between two organisations on either end of the intergenerational spectrum. Dr Sarfatti and I wish the best of luck to all the runners and in raising awareness and funds for the Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity which is such a worthy cause.”

The Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity run sponsored by the Oxford Mail is on Sunday 24th March at 10am. For more information visit: