AN 11 year-old who has battled a severe organ problem to become a GB gymnast will run to raise funds for a children’s hospital.

Arun Corcoran, from Wokingham, first became a patient of Great Ormond’s Street Hospital (GOSH) when he was six weeks old for a kidney condition.

Although he faces daily medical challenges and will eventually need a transplant, Arun remains incredibly active and was recently made a TeamGym British Champion gymnast.

On December 3 for the third time he will take part in the hospital’s Children’s Charity Land Santa Dash in Clapham Common along with mum Kuldip, dad Simon and sister Simran, 13.

Mr Corcoran said: “It’s an amazing sight to see, thousands of Santas all running together, it’s really special and makes you feel part of something bigger, it makes you feel not alone.

“Taking part in this event is a thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital for all they’ve done for Arun and what they’ll continue to do.”

Money raised by dashing Santas will go towards the hospital’s dedicated play team who design activities for children to aid their treatment, recovery and understanding of their illness, making their hospital experience as stress-free as possible.

All participants will receive a complimentary Santa suit, a medal, a mulled drink and mince pie at the finish line, with festive fun including a snow machine and a brass band for the spectators.

Laura Savory, head of community fundraising at GOSH, said: “We’re counting down to this year’s London Santa Dash and we’re thrilled that Arun and his family are taking part again. Whether you choose to run like Rudolf or walk in our winter wonderland, this festive fun run is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit for a fantastic cause. We’re calling for runners of all abilities to jingle all the way and join the Santa Dash today.”

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