As a podiatrist empathy and compassion are at the heart of my business and my home life and because of this I want to share a story close to my heart. Please read about the bravest and strongest people I know xx

Thiago

Our best friends have experienced what no family should. Our friends Angelica & Chris had a beautiful boy, Thiago. Thiago was born with complications with his heart in February last year, 2019, and despite having three lots of surgery to try to see him right, there was nothing they could do to correct his problems. Thiago was a gutsy little fella but he lost his battle and passed away just before Christmas, just 9 months old.

This amazing little man has become an inspiration to me, to live my life in a different way, with an outlook on events and experiences I had not been able to do before. In fact I have already achieved 2 major goals due to his amazing joie de vivre. I had some wonderful days with him and was very proud when we went we out for breakfast together and we both survived!

Chris has taken his loss and grief and is trying to raise funds for the amazing staff and hospitals that supported their family throughout Thiago’s life. Chris has been writing a blog every day about his journey and the highs and lows of keeping going. https://www.inthenameofthiago.co.uk/ Below is the blurb Chris has written to let you know his plans to walk from his home town, Eastbourne to Stoke. He is starting at the Victoria pub where Gary, the landlord will be setting them up for good start.

This is my mate Chris with his son Thiago. Thiago was born with complications with his heart in February last year and despite having three lots of surgery to try to see him right, there was nothing they could do to correct his problems. Thiago was a gutsy little fella but he lost his battle and passed away just before Christmas.

Chris wants to do something special this year to raise money for the two hospitals that supported Thiago while he was in hospital and to remember his son. The hospitals he is raising money for are Royal Stoke and Birmingham Children’s. His fundraising target is £10,000, which he will share equally between the two hospital charities.

Chris is going to walk from his home town in Eastbourne to the front doors of the Royal Stoke Hospital as that’s where Thiago was born. So my ask is, can you help me out by bunging in a few quid to help Chris reach his target? Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated by Chris and by me. To donate online, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com and search Chris Gibbs.