Whitecross dad stages marathon effort for kids’ hospital

Bryan Grome with daughter Amy and son Jamie
Bryan Grome with daughter Amy and son Jamie

A dad will pound the pavements of Edinburgh to raise cash for the hospital which helped his son stand tall again.

Bryan Grome (34), of Reynard Gardens, Whitecross, was so impressed by staff at Glasgow’s Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the kindness they showed his wee boy Jamie (7), he decided to enter his first ever marathon on May 26 to show his appreciation.

“I’ve always wanted to run a marathon,” said the Forth Valley Royal Hospital nurse. “I saw Yorkhill was one of the Edinburgh Marathon’s named charities so I thought I could do two things at the same time – run a marathon and give something back to Yorkhill.”

At just two years old, Jamie was diagnosed with metaphyseal dysplasia, a rare condition which means the long bones in his arms and legs are weaker than they should be and need help in order to grow properly.

The Victoria Primary School pupil was referred to Yorkhill where, at the age of five, he underwent a surgical procedure to fit metal plates onto the bones of his legs.

Bryan said: “He had another operation to have the plates taken out and they look to have done the job because his legs are the way they want them to be. He may need more operations, it’s just a case of wait and see now.”

Jamie is autistic and staff at Yorkhill ensured the youngster remained calm by sticking to his regular routine as much as possible.

“The surgeon Mr Roland was fantastic and so were the rest of the staff, taking time out of their day to make sure Jamie wasn’t too upset by everything,” said Bryan.

Fully recovered from his second operation, Jamie made his football daft dad proud by joining Stenhousemuir FC’s Stenny Stars football squad.

Bryan said: “He still gets tired if he runs for any great distances.”

And so did dad – who plays in goal when he takes to the football field – until he started his training.

“When I started it took me 12 minutes to run a mile and now I’m doing it in nine minutes. It will take a wee bit longer to get to where I need to be, but I’ll get there. People have pledged about £550 so far, but it would be great to raise even more.”

Wife Katie (32), a nursing assistant, said: “I think doing the a full marathon is a bit too much, but I’m sure he will do it.”

Bryan will be cheered on by Katie, Jamie and daughter Amy (10) when he takes on the streets of Edinburgh on May 26.

If you want to support Bryan’s endeavour visit www.justgiving.com/Bryan-Grome for more information.