Father’s pride at latest fundraising challenge

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A ‘superdad’ is preparing to take some time off after completing his latest fundraising challenge to thank doctors who saved his son’s life.

Ivan Hollingsworth and a core team of seven others completed their latest Coast 2 Coast Challenge – C2C4 – last Wednesday in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Ivan Hollingsworth and the CHUF team arriving at Tynemouth Longsands after completing their 3rd annual C2C.  GM017230

Ivan Hollingsworth and the CHUF team arriving at Tynemouth Longsands after completing their 3rd annual C2C. GM017230

Setting off from Whitehaven, over four days they cycled 130 miles, swam one mile across Derwent Water, and ran 61 miles to finish at Tynemouth Long Sands – joined by up to 40 others in places.

Fundraising under ‘Seb4CHUF’, Ivan set a target of £20,000 in his latest challenge to help rebuild the playroom and play area at Ward 23 of the unit, which carried out emergency surgery on his son Seb when he was just hours old.

Ivan, of Monkseaton, said: “We’ve raised close to £20,000 with money still coming in, but we still need £10,000 to reach the final total for the playroom.

“The challenge went really well, even though it was the toughest yet. We found it the most enjoyable.”

After the first day, one of the team ended up in Carlisle Hospital on a drip suffering from exhaustion but was back on his bike the next day.

Ivan said: “We know getting to Tynemouth is always special, we have this romantic thing about running into the sea at Long Sands. I got to complete the last few hundred yards with Seb, which was my personal highlight.”

He added: “I’ve always got in mind C2C5 next year but at the moment it’s just about celebrating this challenge and getting back to some normality and family time.

“I hope we can inspire others to raise money for CHUF.”

Ivan, wife Nadine and Seb will be at a special parents, babies and toddlers event being held at Silverlink shopping park on Saturday and Sunday, raising money for CHUF.