A marathon effort by Nikki
Berwick's Nikki Robertson says raising money for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh is her way of saying thank you for the life-saving care she received there.
At birth Nikki, a housing officer with Berwickshire Housing Association, was diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus which is a build-up of fluid on the brain. This excess fluid puts pressure on the brain which can damage it.
Her parents were told that her quality of life could be severely impacted and it took two attempts until an operation to fit a shunt to drain excess fluid from her brain was successful.
Her illness resulted in regular and emergency trips to the hospital and many overnight stays while receiving treatment. At one stage, she was told she may never be able to walk properly.
To thank the hospital Nikki decided to raise money for them by taking up the challenge of running the Edinburgh Half Marathon and the Great North Run.
With the challenge completed, she recently handed over a cheque for £1,630.56 to the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.
Nikki, originally from Ayton, said: “I would like to thank everyone who so kindly sponsored me and also the coaches and members of Tweed Striders. Running a half-marathon is something I never thought I would ever be able to do.
“It’s great to be able to give something back to the Sick Kids because if it wasn’t for the treatment and care I received from them there’s no doubt I wouldn’t be here today!”
Last year, she raised £1,300 for the charity by completing the Great North Run.