In 2018 I was extremely fortunate to meet James Hatchley and hear about his incredible efforts in raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. I am honoured to be a part of Team Hatch giving every race I do more ‘why’ and it’s brilliant to be part of such a supportive group of ‘awesome humans’ as Hatch would say. Read on for more about Team Hatch #foremma.

Covid-19 update:
During these unprecedented times Team Hatch have had to adapt our fundraising activities with the majority of our races postponed to 2021. We will still be fundraising hard in 2021 and racing just as hard! 

In the meantime many of the team are undertaking alternative challenges such as Zack’s Zwift 312 Mallorca challenge. And I am now offering training advice and plans with an optional donation to the GOSH Team Hatch appeal. Please click here to find out more.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Team Hatch Story

Emma Rose Hatchley led a wonderful life as a beautiful daughter, sister and friend for over 15 very happy years. Her health unexpectedly deteriorated in early 2014 – everyone suspected some form of lung disorder. Eventually this diagnosis was revised and she was sent for a medical review at GOSH where she suffered sudden and unexpected heart failure. She actually had a dreadful and extremely rare disease called Churg Strauss Syndrome, (a form of vasculitis) which unbeknown to anyone, had badly damaged her heart and other organs. For the next 102 days the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses at GOSH across over 30 departments, closely supported by Emma’s family and friends, did absolutely everything in their collective power to save, stabilise and give Emma the chance of returning to a normal life. Emma’s journey was always at the extremes of medicine and when her own heart could not be saved she was lucky enough to be given a transplant. Emma faced it all with courage and bravery but very sadly lost her battle on 30th May, 2014. The compassion, skill, love and friendship extended to Emma and her family by the staff of GOSH was humbling and the work they do is simply amazing.

Following Emma’s untimely death, the Hatchley family set up The Rosebud Appeal as a way of supporting Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in the areas closest to the treatment Emma received. This appeal raised over £250,000 through a series of runs, events, bridge teas, bike rides, donations and other fundraising initiatives, including Emma’s father James (or Hatch), some work colleagues and other friends and relations doing the London Triathlon. That money funded a research project in the area of heart transplantation, vital cardiac home-monitoring equipment for children with cardiac conditions and the appointment of a PHD student to promote research into the genetics of types of vasculitis including Churg Strauss Syndrome which Emma was so unlucky to have. The impact of this fundraising was real and in particular there was material progress made in areas of research which directly benefited children with forms of vasculitis.

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One of these fundraising themes developed a life of its own and Team Hatch a full on Triathlon squad was born as a group of like minded souls led of course by Hatch! The Triathlon team has continued to grow and the Triathlon challenges have grown longer.

The team has grown from a group of those who knew Emma and are close to the Hatchley family, to include others who have been drawn both to the appeal of a longer distance triathlon challenge and to doing something for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, with Emma to inspire them. Some were definitely not athletes when they started (particularly Hatch!) whist others were. It remains a mixed group but some of the athletes and performances are now earning podiums and GB Age Group Accreditation.

Who is Team Hatch?

The team has grown from a group of those who knew Emma and are close to the Hatchley family, to include others who have been drawn both to the appeal of a longer distance Triathlon challenge and to doing something for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, with Emma to inspire them. Some were definitely not athletes when they started (particularly Hatch!) whist others were. It remains a mixed group but some of the athletes and performances are now earning podiums and GB Age Group Accreditation. We are largely UK based but we race all over the world and some athletes live further afield in Switzerland & France.

After many years of fundraising and an epic year in 2018, Team Hatch has raised over £600,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, in loving memory of Emma.

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Team Hatch 2020

There are always children who need GOSH and deserve the best they can get. The combined efforts of the Hatchley’s, their friends and family and all the members of Team Hatch have already raised over £650k which is truly amazin’g. Now 2020 is upon us and the team is as keen as ever and set for a monster Triathlon year.

We are aiming to raise £1 million!

We are hoping the 2020 race schedule might do this but if not we will just keep going. Those children who are seriously ill need us and we do it all in the memory of our beautiful Emma Rose. We have to think she would be very proud. We now have a team of over twenty athletes signed up for Triathlon challenges in Emma’s name all over the World in 2020 including a great many full Ironman distance.

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The key races with larger teams in 2020 include:

  • Ironman Dubai 70.3 (February)
  • Ironman Majorca 70.3 (May)
  • Ironman Lanzarote (May)
  • Challenge Roth (July)
  • Ironman Kalmar (August)

There are many half marathons, marathons and cycle sportives on the way too. Each team athlete is self-funded for race expenses and has an individual funding target to hit for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital as the price for donning the hallowed Team Hatch racing strip. The team continues to be generously supported by Trek in the UK for bikes, Huub for wetsuits, trisuits and other race and cycle clothing, Athlete Lab in London as a cycle training hub and Challenge Tri-Camps and Sancture-Sportifs as triathlon camp venues in Europe. All of our best images are taken by the talented @thatcameraman.

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The additional funds raised in 2020 will go in part to continue pushing research boundaries by supporting Professor Paul Brogan and his team, investigating the diagnosis and treatment of serious auto inflammatory conditions such as forms of vasculitis. As well as this funds will go towards continuing the work of the hospital in the areas of patient and family support and also advanced medical equipment not funded by the NHS but critical to world class patient outcomes. The hospital is working towards opening a world leading Cancer Centre and improving the stock of family accommodation so parents can be by their child’s bedside at critical points in their journey at GOSH.

Thank you to all of the past and future supporters, friends and family. We couldn’t do any of this without you. If you wish to be a part of Team Hatch’s mission please donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamhatch-sophie

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