Swimmer’s grateful Dad leads Northampton firm’s support for Children’s Hospital

Law Firm Services' sales director Richard Mathias.
Law Firm Services' sales director Richard Mathias.

A Northampton business is pledging to raise thousands for a children’s hospital where the director’s swimming champion son was treated for severe allergies.

In October 2013 competitive swimmer, 12-year-old Joshua - whose father Richard Mathias is sales director at Law Firm Services Ltd - suffered from appendicitis, which led to a severe allergic reaction - meaning he couldn’t keep any food down. The youngster lost over a stone in weight and was very weak, preventing him from swimming.

Richard said: “Joshua trained five or six times a week. He was thin before his illness and didn’t have the weight to lose in the first place.”

Joshua was referred to gastroenterology specialists at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, who put him on an intensive course of treatment. He was in hospital for four weeks while he recovered, but was back swimming two months later.

Richard said: “Since then he has been sickness free and recently competed in Swansea at the Welsh Summer Nationals in 15 events. He won one gold and three silver medals, gaining 13 personal best times along the way. But back in October 2013 we never believed any of this would be possible. It is all down to fantastic staff and treatment that got him back on his feet, eating and gaining weight.”

Law Firm Services has already donated almost £3,000 to the The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal, which is raising funds to build a new wing at the hospital, where children from all over the country are cared for. The law firm is now supporting the cause at its annual conference and awards dinner in September, which will be attended by conveyancing law firms from across the country.

Clare Collingworth, the charity’s corporate fundraiser, said: “We are so thankful for the support of Richard and Law Firm Services Ltd. Generous donations help us keep our hospital at the forefront of paediatric care, so we can continue to give all of our patients the best chance of a happy and healthy life.”

To find out more about the charity, visit www.tchc.org.uk