18th October 2019 — On Sunday, sixty-five pupils from University College School in Hampstead took part in the RBC’s Race for the Kids 5km run which took place in Hyde Park. The pupils decided to run to raise funds and the awareness of two charities who have supported families of two Year 7 boys, Rafi Bartfeld and Milo Burns.
Rafi commented, “My sister was treated for a brain tumour by Great Ormond Street Hospital. She made a full recovery and I wanted to raise money to help other children have this life-saving treatment.” The two boys decided to take part in the run back in April and the group quickly grew in size once their classmates heard what they were planning. Milo was delighted that so many people, including their former Headmaster at the UCS Junior Branch, Lewis Hayward, wanted to get involved, “Everyone was so supportive and wanted to do their bit. I wanted to raise money for Grief Encounter who have helped members of my family when they have needed it. They do amazing work. They provide services and support to bereaved children and their families and this money will make a huge difference to them.”
Parents and friends supported the boys over the summer with their preparations for the run. Annabel Bartfeld, ambassador for GOSH, took the boys on training sessions on Hampstead Heath every other day so they would be well prepared for race day. The enthusiasm and support from the children and their families was absolutely overwhelming and the boys raised in excess of £64,000. On Thursday, Annabel took all the runners to Great Ormond Street Hospital so they could learn more about both charities and have a tour of the hospital.