Big Walk supports Childrens Haematology Unit


Children's Haematology Unit

Preparations are well under way at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children as patients and parents get ready to celebrate Emily’s Big Walk.

Oscar Knox who is supporting the walk and his Mum Leona along with Emma Boul and her Mum Catherine will be walking for a range of Children’s Cancer Charities and The Children’s Haematology Unit, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The walk takes place in the grounds of Stormont on Sunday 9 September 2012 at 2pm.

Oscar spends a lot of time as a patient at the Children's Haematology Unit. As well as getting treament there he enjoys spending time with the Play Specialist, who helps to bring fun back into the children's lives while they endure gruelling treatment. He loves playing with the other children, and "helping" the nurses carry out their work.

Emma said, “Catherine has spent a lot of time as a patient at the Children’s Haematology Unit. It is an amazing place with amazing staff, where everyone tries to make a difficult journey that little bit easier. Emily’s Big Walk will be a fantastic opportunity for us to spend quality time together as a family. I would ask other families to come along and support the four charities who have been a fantastic support to us and will benefit from funds raised on the day.”


About the Walk

Families are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon walk around Stormont Estate starting at 2pm. There will be fun and celebrations for all ages after the walk, including, face painting, bouncy castles, you will even get the chance to “sponge the doctor”.

The walk also coincides with heritage weekend and participants will be able to gain free access to the historic Stormont Castle and Parliament buildings.

The 4km walk will raise funds for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund (NICCUF), and Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC).

Dr Robert Johnston, a consultant at the Children’s Haematology Unit said: “We hope the walk will help us raise the funds we need to continue to help young people like Catherine and their families”.

For more information contact:

Gail Burns (028) 9063 4330 or Sophie Rea (028) 9063 2402 at RBHSC or view website at

About Emily's Big Walk

During September walks will take place in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Belfast, Leeds, London, Leicester, Nottingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Cambridge and Cardiff, they will feature a symbol of the walk being passed along these routes around the UK in a similar way to the Olympic torch. The final destination of the 'torch' will be the Barbican Centre in London.

The walk is organised by the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group and is named after Emily Bailes, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of five and lost her battle with the disease in March 2008 aged nine.