Team Violet take on the London Marathon

24 April 2019

In July 2017, Grant and Suzanne Fryer’s daughter Violet was born prematurely at just 28 weeks with an extremely low heart rate. Now Grant is taking on the London Marathon with Team Violet to raise funds for Evelina London and to say thanks for his daughter’s ongoing care.

Three men in Evelina London running shirts, running with others on a pavement by a main road as part of a race
Grant (middle) with brothers Carl and Scott.

Running for Team Violet

It’s thanks to her treatment at Evelina London that Violet has had the best possible chance of surviving. One in ten babies are born prematurely worldwide, and congenital heart disease is a common birth defect which affects thousands of children in the UK.

Now, inspired by his daughter’s experience, Grant is stepping up to the challenge of his first ever London Marathon to help the hospital make a difference to the lives of more children like Violet.

Grant will be joined by his two brothers, Carl and Scott, and will be cheered on by family and friends including Violet and Suzanne. Team Violet have set themselves an ambitious target, with some unusual incentives to encourage donations, as Grant explains.

You toddler Violet, in her garden on her purple tricycle, smiling at the camera
Violet playing in garden

‘If we raise £15k (which is double our target before the event), my brother Carl joked he will run it in his running shirt and a nappy! He is terrified at the prospect of being the only one running in a nappy, so I have also reluctantly agreed to do the same if we raise £20k and, if we reach £25k before the event, Scott will join us too!’.

But however challenging the run might be on the day, Violet will be at the front of Grant’s mind as he takes on the London Marathon.

‘I’ve never been one to challenge myself physically, but after seeing Violet fight for her life it has made me want to push myself. This is only a small challenge compared to everything she went through’.

Grant is running the London Marathon in Evelina London’s 150th birthday year!

Grant ran to say thanks for the care his daughter received and has raised over £14,000 for Evelina London. Inspired by his story? you can sign up to the 2020 London Marathon now.

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