A borough father is gearing up for his latest epic challenge to help young heart patients in the north east.
Ivan Hollingsworth will set off next month on the fifth Coast to Coast challenge – C2C5 -–in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital, that saved his son Seb’s life.
On January 11, 2009, Seb was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, and was forced to undergo open heart surgery.
Earlier this year Ivan smashed the £333,000 target he had set himself to build a playroom attached to Ward 23, but has vowed to continue the fundraising.
Later this month he will take on a mammoth challenge that will see him cycle 75 miles from Whitehaven to Keswick on the first day, swim one mile across Derwentwater and cycling a further 65 miles the second day, run 37 miles the third day, and end on the fourth day by running a marathon to Tynemouth Long Sands on July 23.
“After almost five years of fundraising for CHUF I am still blown away by how far people are prepared to go to support us in our fundraising,” he said.
“The nature of our challenges require serious commitment from both participants and support crew, our C2C5 is certainly going to push everyone to their limits.
“This year we will also be joined by a team of nurses from the Freeman who cared for Seb five years ago.
“Nadine and I will be even more emotional than normal, as we run those final yards onto Long Sands beach with the nurses at our side.”
To donate to Ivan’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/seb4chuf or text CHUF99 and the amount you want to donate to 70070.