ON Colchester Half Marathon day, a team of 35 will be running to support a very special young boy.

They will be putting their best foot forward for Team Angus, raising as much money as they can to provide vital treatment for the baby.

Here is why...

The summer of last year is one David Grocott and his wife Jessica will never forget.

On May 9, the couple were two days overdue expecting the arrival of their second child, Angus.

The day was going well, and five-year-old Saul was excited to meet his little brother.

However a few hours after arranging to head up to Colchester General Hospital, they realised their lives were about to change forever.

Although they drove like the wind, there was not enough time and Angus was born in a cloud of panic and confusion in the fast lane of the A120.


David, who lives in Little Bentley, said: "Angus was stillborn in the front seat of our car travelling at 90 miles an hour.

"Jess had a ridiculously fast labour. We pulled into a petrol station, I gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to Angus for ten minutes while he was still attached to my wife until the ambulances - there were four - met us and took him to hospital."

Worried they would not be bringing their son home, the couple went in another ambulance to Colchester General Hospital.

They ended up getting more unexpected news. The paramedics managed to bring back a pulse.

Angus was alive and was being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

He was there for a month, with every day came something new, something scary, something completely life changing.

They stayed under the support of the Sick Children's Trust before being transferred back to Colchester General Hospital.

Angus could face a lifetime of complications.

David, 41, said: "He has Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, basically oxygen starvation.

"He has brain damage to the thalamus and basal ganglia sections of the brain. He doesn't appear to have a learning difficulty but his body's coordination is severely affected. It is also known as Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy."

What will happen in the future remains unclear, but with early intervention there is hope for Angus.

He needs about £800 a month for treatments, including physiotherapy and chiropractor sessions.

His treatment is likely to be for life.

The family also needs £10,000 to pay for a trip to take him for transformative treatment in America.

They set up Team Angus in September to raise money to support their baby.

David said: "We have raised more than £20,000 since it was set up in September but that is going quickly. In future we will need to buy wheelchairs and other adaptations. The costs are immense.

"You learn how much is put upon families to resolve these matters themselves.

"We've done a lot of fundraising and people have been incredibly kind. We are now giving him a treatment regime costing £800 a month that does seem to be helping to some extent.

"NHS physio is offered just three times a year."

Angus is already showing amazing progress in some areas, and loves his trips to the hospital's sensory room.

His family want to give him every opportunity to continue to surprise them.


A total of 35 runners from all over the country are taking part in the Colchester Half Marathon in March to add to the fundraising efforts.

The family also taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge, tackling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in England.

David said: "We'll do anything for Angus. People have been so kind but we need to get him every piece of support possible.

"I refuse to get him to adulthood and think 'what if'."

To find out more and support Angus visit www.gofundme.com/team-angus.