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Warrington girl named honorary 41st runner in 2022 Grand National
A young Warrington girl has been named as the honorary 41st runner in the 2022 Randox Grand National.
A four-year-old girl who was in hospital for the first thirteen months of her life has been named the honorary 41st runner for the 2022 Randox Grand National. Betty required round-the-clock critical care after being born over four months prematurely and weighing just 1lb 7oz almost five years ago. Her name will now be appearing on the official race card for the famous steeplechase alongside the 40 runners taking part in the contest. Betty’s father Phil said that his daughter is “our little miracle”.
He said: “Betty is just amazing. She is the most delightful, placid and brave little girl,” he said.
“A nurse once said to us ‘Betty brings out the best in people’.”
The Jockey Club nominated Betty for this honour in order to help in raising funds for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Merseyside.
When she was born, Betty was no bigger than a biro and she required constant round-the-clock treatment at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. She received emergency surgery at the children’s hospital and subsequently underwent many more operations with more treatment.
Once her parents were trained to deal with her medical needs she was allowed to go home for the very first time.
The Jockey Club’s North West regional director, Dickon White, said that by highlighting Betty’s story he hoped it would “raise awareness and much-needed funds to help other youngsters and their families”.