"I’m Rhiannon and this is my little boy Roman, he’s almost two and full of beans! Last year, Roman and I joined the Leeds Parks Challenge to raise some money for the hospital that has done so much for us. This year we’re getting involved again, and I’d like to tell you why...

Roman has spent most of his life in four walls, either inside the hospital or at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease when he was just 11 days old, and since then we’ve spent at lot of time at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Roman has been really poorly over the past year, he’s still waiting for a kidney transplant and we’re relying on dialysis to keep him alive.

The past couple of years have been so tough, but they would have been even harder without the incredible support from the amazing staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

I cried literally every day we were in hospital, but the staff were always there to lift my spirits and have a laugh with me!

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This challenge is a great way to explore the great outdoors with Roman, we love walking around our local park together and feeding the ducks!

Whether you’re an experienced runner or a mum like me who wants to get your little ones involved, anyone can join in!

How to get involved

You have from now until the 17th March to complete 10 5k rounds of your local park and raise funds for our NHS hospitals in Leeds.

The best thing about this challenge is that you can fundraise your own way, whether you run, walk, hop, skip or take the buggy out with you like me!

All you need to do is:

pay your sign-up fee of £10

set up your fundraising page

don your new Leeds Parks Challenge t-shirt and get moving

Everyone who signs up will receive a dedicated Leeds Parks Challenge t-shirt. Once you’ve ticked off the whole 50k, you’ll also receive a high-quality medal.

Sign up now!

Once you’ve signed up, Join our Facebook group and feel part of something bigger. Help spur each other on by sharing personal bests, ideas, pictures and celebrations! #LeedsParksChallenge