Parents dress up to raise hospital cash

LOVING parents became superheroes for the day as they took on the latest step in an incredible journey.

LOVING parents became superheroes for the day as they took on the latest step in an incredible journey.

Ivan and Nadine Hollingsworth’s 20-month-old son Sebastian was born with three heart defects and was only saved thanks to the medical expertise at the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

The Whitley Bay couple have undertaken a range of fundraising activities to say thank you – raising £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Yesterday they dressed up as Sebastian’s favourite characters from the film The Incredibles, as they pushed a buggy around the course collecting money.

"Sebastian was so excited when our costumes arrived. He always runs around with the DVD in his hand and a big smile on his face," said 33-year-old Nadine.

Yesterday marked a year since the couple began their fundraising efforts for the hospital.

Ivan, 35, said: "We are planning to take part in bigger challenges in the coming year and we hope to raise at least £100,000. This has become part of our life."

Sebastian was born at North Tyneside General Hospital with congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot. He was just 15 hours old when he was whisked off in an incubator to Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital by ambulance, with Ivan and Nadine following behind.

Medics initially thought that Sebastian would have to open heart surgery when he had developed enough to cope with the rigours of the invasive operation but at only 16-weeks-old he took a turn for the worse and had to have emergency surgery to correct his defects.

To say thanks to the hospital and cardiac specialist nurse Paddy Walsh in particular, the couple began a series of charitable challenges, including yesterday’s Great North Run.

 
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