Chris' Fundraising Walk in Memory of Son


A Newcastle-under-Lyme father will undertake a month-long walk later this year in memory of his baby son and thank the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust staff who cared for him.

Chris Gibbs will set off from his home in Eastbourne in June and walk the 280 miles to the entrance of the Royal Stoke University Hospital where his son Thiago was born, raising as much money as possible for our Children's Department.

Chris said: "My son Thiago Frederick Leite Gibbs came into the world on 4 February 2019 and left it on 28 November. In that time 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."

"Sadly, 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, it wasn’t to be. 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."

Speaking to our friends at Signal 1 on what would have been Thiago's first birthday, Chris added: "So in June, I will be setting off from Eastbourne in Sussex and ending in Stoke-on-Trent."

"All in all, it’s 282 miles probably more like 300 plus, taking into account all the wrong turns I'll probably make! I’m still in the process of finalising the route with a friend – the indefatigable Jamie Hickey, who has been such an incredible rock to me in my grieving process is helping me with that – but 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."

You can donate towards Chris' walk on his fundraising page here:

Chris has also set up a blog, 'In the name of Thiago', following his preparations: