Petra’s hope for gold at the end of the Rainbow

Hoping that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is more than just a fairy tale is seven-year-old Longton Primary School pupil Petra Sindall.

Petra, who lives with mum Julie, dad Paul and big bro Lennon (14), a pupil at All Hallows Catholic High School, has signed up to take part in this year’s Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity’s Rainbow Run, which is raising money for its £1 million Children’s Appeal to make a raft of improvements to the Royal Preston Hospital’s Children’s Ward and Paediatric Outpatients Department.

When she was just four-years-old, Petra contracted pneumonia and had to be admitted on to the Children’s Ward. The infection left her with respiratory problems for which she is still being treated. Julie said: “I don’t know what we would have done without the care and treatment of staff on the Children’s Ward and in outpatients.

“Pneumonia has left Petra very susceptible to respiratory infections. From now until March is the worst time of year for her becoming ill. She has been in hospital a number of times and so is very keen to take part in the Rainbow Run to help the Children’s Appeal as a thank you to all the doctors and nurses who have looked after her and to make having to stay in hospital less scary.”

Petra is planning to walk and cycle for her Rainbow Run and mum has set up an online fundraising page at for anyone wanting to support her. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity held its first Rainbow Run last year with the funds raised going to a variety of projects that benefitted patients.

Registration for this year’s run has just opened. By signing up, you agree to take on a sponsored challenge for the Children’s Appeal during the week of Monday, 18th to Sunday, 24th October. Fundraising manager Roya Armstrong said: “We are delighted that Petra and her family have chosen to support our Rainbow Run 2021! The charity team would like to wish her the very best of luck in her challenge. We encourage anyone who would like to support their local NHS charity to get involved as this is the perfect way to support our Children’s Appeal for which we aim to raise £1 million. Whether you want to do regular walks with colleagues, do a half or full marathon or get some exercise with the kids! Any support is appreciated and will help to make a huge difference to the lives of our young patients.”

Find out more about our Rainbow Run or sign up here