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A group of mums who are taking part in this weekend's Simplyhealth Great Women's Run 10K paid a visit to hospital to see the difference their fundraising will make.

The mums are part of BuggyFit classes who operate in Glasgow, and they've joined forces to run. The collective group is being led by trainers Wendy MacLeod from the south side and Claire Mackie from the west end.

They were inspired to raise money for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity by one of their group, Josie Rodgers, who is a doctor working in the A&E Department of the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow – Scotland's largest children's hospital. 

Instructors Wendy and Claire have managed to gather together around 20 mums from their groups to take part in the Simplyhealth Great Women's Run, which takes place in Glasgow this Sunday, 4th June. 

Another incentive to join the run was the introduction of a new buggywave, a short 3K run included within the event which allows mums to bring their babies and buggies along.

Some of the mums joined Doctor Josie and instructor Wendy, for a visit to the hospital prior to their run. The band of runners who visited the hospital were Wendy MacLeod, Josie Rodgers, Caroline McGee (Josie's sister), Laura Whiteside and Lynsey Timmons.

Josie Rodgers, who is mum to 11-month-old Finlay, said, “I'm delighted to be part of Wendy's group and to be fundraising for the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. I see the difference first hand that this charity makes, as I work here, I see it every day. I'm so pleased to be able to do something to help them and to give back”.

When it comes to training, the group have had a great start, as their instructors Wendy and Claire have always been on hand for running and exercise tips.

Instructor Wendy said, “We've been on hand to safely help the mums return to running post birth. Rehabilitation and appropriate exercise is so important before you return to higher impact activities again”.

Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity helps to care for 168,000 babies, children and young people who are treated at the Royal Hospital for Children located at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus. The Charity funds enhanced medical equipment, innovative play and events programmes, research and family support services to care for young patients and their families.

Kirsten Sinclair, Director of Fundraising at Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity said, “We rely on the generosity of our dedicated supporters from local communities and businesses, to help us ensure that our young patients and their families receive the best possible care and experience.

We are delighted to have the BuggyFit Mums fundraising for us at the Great Women's Run. We are incredibly grateful for their wonderful support, and will be there on the day to cheer them all on! We'd like to wish all our supporters taking part the very best of luck, and express our thanks for helping us support our young patients and their families at Scotland's largest children's hospital.”

As the countdown to the run begins, the mums are ready and confident about their quest and are on track to raise funds for the charity.

The 10K route starts at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park and runs through the heart of the city's west end, passing iconic landmarks such as The Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow University, The Science Centre and The SSE Hydro. All along the way there will be bands, pipers and dancers and all finishers receive a goody bag, which includes a medal, technical T-shirt and water. 

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