A PROUD dad has completed 96 miles after one week of a month-long fundraising trek following the tragic loss of his child.
Thiago Frederick Leite Gibbs came into the world on 4 February 2019 and left it on 28 November.
Thiago was born with complications with his heart and though both University Hospital Stoke and Birmingham Children’s Hospital did everything they could for him in his short life, he lost his battle.
Last Saturday dad Chris Gibbs started a trek from Eastbourne to Stoke on Trent.
It is set to take one month and one week has now been completed.
Already more than £13,900 has been raised and the target is £15,000.
Chris is writing a daily blog which can be found at https://www.inthenameofthiago.co.uk/
Chris said: “He brought joy, love, pleasure and astounded friends, family and medics alike with his incredibly positive attitude to life.
We often speak about children being a ray of sunshine.
Well my boy really was.
He died peacefully in the arms of my wife and I on his own terms having achieved more in his ten months than many others do in a far longer lifetime.
While Thiago was in my life – and spiritually he will always be there – he taught me a valuable lesson, one that I am finally going to heed.
And that was to focus on the positive, be glass half full rather than glass half empty and do something about the things in life that you can control if it will make life better.
So now that you know the why, I’ll tell you the what.
Starting on Saturday 19 September, in my home town of Eastbourne and ending in Stoke-on-Trent at the main entrance of the hospital Thiago was born in on Friday 16 October, I am undergoing a month-long trek.
All in all, it’s 282 miles probably more like 300+ taking into account all the wrong turns I’ll probably make!
The indefatigable Jamie Hickey, who has been such an incredible rock to me in my grieving process, has helped me produce the route.
Roughly it will take in some of the Sussex Downs from the south coast to London, the Birmingham to London canal path before meeting friends from Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the final northbound section.
I’ll be doing this both to remember the son that I’ll never get to see grow up and marry and also to raise as much as I physically can for two wonderful hospital charities, which cared for him with such extraordinary levels of compassion.
Please help me to help them and be part of something very special. Thank you.”