Nurse joins Islington parents to raise money for Great Ormond Street in memory of baby son

Little Jimmy's team at the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Picture: Melissa Shelley

Little Jimmy's team at the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Picture: Melissa Shelley - Credit: Archant

A Great Ormond Street nurse joined an Islington couple to raise money in memory of their baby son, who died two years ago.

Earlier this month Jodie Davies joined Emily and Pete Shaw – and 50 others – to run 13.1 miles in The Royal Parks Half Marathon to fund life saving equipment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

James Shaw died at five-and-a-half weeks old from sepsis at Great Ormond Street. His twin sister, Isabel, fell ill just a few weeks later and needed urgent surgery for a hole in her diaphragm.

After undergoing a lifesaving operation at Great Ormond Street, Isabel’s operation was successful.

Their parents Emily and Pete Shaw have now set up The Little Jimmy Brighter Future Fund so more children can be saved like Isabel.

They have so far raised £285,000, which has helped fund ventilators and monitors for the hospital.

The half marathon seeks to raise £43,000 to purchase an operating table for the new state-of-the-art surgical theatres at the Premier Inn Clinical Building.

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Jodie met Emily and Pete three weeks after James died when his twin sister was brought in for emergency surgery.

She said: “Being able to be part of families’ journeys is a real privilege. You often see families at their most vulnerable, and being able to nurse them back to health is immensely rewarding.

“I feel privileged to be part of their team, and hope it can bring some small strength to other bereaved parents and families in the future.”

Hospital doctor Emily knows all too well the healing power of fundraising. She said: “One of our sticking plasters has been trying to give back.

“Fundraising helps take the sickest of children, like James, from their local hospital to Great Ormond Street for the very best care.”

The run began in Hyde Park and through three other royal parks in the capital including St James’ Park and Kensington Gardens.

To donate £5 text RPHM96 to 70070 or visit Emily’s fundraising page here.