Grandmother to tackle the Great North Run

Family in training for the Great North Run

Family in training for the Great North Run

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The grandmother of a child who had life-saving heart surgery is taking part in the Great North Run to say thank you to the charity which helped her family.

Clare Horn, 50, from Welford in Northamptonshire will be raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity which provides free accommodation to families of sick children while they are being treated in hospital.

Clare’s daughter Sarah and her partner Jody stayed at The Sick Children’s Trust’s Guilford Street House on two occasions when their son, Theo, had heart surgery.

Clare said: “Theo was born with congenitally corrected transposition of the greater arteries which means the bottom chambers of this heart are the wrong way around. He was born with the condition but had defied everything doctors have said and is our little miracle.

“He was transferred to be treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital but as we live in Welford in Northamptonshire it would of been impossible to travel to and from London every day and very expensive to find accommodation nearby. “Without the support of The Sick Children’s Trust we wouldn’t have been able to stay together as a family so we want to give something back that will hopefully benefit others.

“There are eight of us including myself and my three eldest children, Sarah, James and Tom and friends running in The Great North Run, so it’s a real family event.

“Theo will even be there cheering us on from the side. He is doing much better now so we can focus our attention on helping the charity that means so much to us.”

Jane Featherstone, head of fundraising for the charity, said: “We wish Clare and her family the best of luck on the run and we are delighted to hear that Theo is recovering well. The Great North Run is a fantastic way for people to support us and one of our most popular running events.”

The run is on Sunday, September 15 in Newcastle. To support Clare please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Clare-Walpole