Cheque handover for NHS Lanarkshire’s Paediatric Rheumatology Team

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:07 GMT on Wednesday, 31st October 2012.

KILSYTH resident Brian O’Hara visited Wishaw General Hospital to hand over a cheque for £500, earlier this month.

The funds were raised from sponsorship he received from colleagues after completing the Great Glasgow Run.

Brian, who donated the money to the Paediatric Rheumatology Team, said: “I wanted to thank the staff who have helped Josh so much over the last year.

“The care and treatment they have given Josh has been nothing short of tremendous. They are always prepared to go the extra mile so I decided to run 13 miles in support of them.

Brian added: “My work mates at Link Logistics gave me the biggest backing by sponsoring me and I am very grateful to them for their support.”

Brian completed the gruelling half marathon challenge to support kids like his son Josh who lives with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). 10 year old Josh was diagnosed with the condition last year.

Katrina Bonner, Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist from Coatbridge, said: “Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. It is a form of arthritis that affects children under 16.

“With treatment and regular health checks most children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis are able to live a normal active life.

Ms Bonner added: “It was a fantastic achievement by Brian and I would like to thank him on behalf of the team. His efforts have been a real inspiration for Josh.”

Josh said: “I am so proud of my dad. First he stops smoking and then he starts running and because of Dr Lees, Katrina and Laura I can run about just like my dad.”