The cousins of 20-month-old heart transplant patient Summer Carss arranged a charity run to raise money for the hospital unit where she is being cared for.
Cameron and Ewan Thorpe, aged 11 and nine, ran from Beadnell to Embleton along with older brother James, 21, to raise funds for the Freeman Hospital children’s heart unit in Newcastle.
The trio, from Embleton, completed the coastal run on Saturday, and have so far raised £718 for the Freeman with some donations still to come in.
Their mum Nicola, Summer’s aunt, said the run was ‘a way of helping’ after the boys were upset when periods in intensive care meant they could not visit her.
“If they couldn’t see her they wanted to fund-raise,” she said.
Now that Summer is out of intensive care, the boys visit her at the Freeman at weekends.
Nicola said that the whole family’s lives had been ‘on hold’ in recent months while they waited for news on Summer’s transplant.
“We visit to keep Paul and Julie’s spirits up. I’m at home Monday to Thursday and then on the weekend we do the visiting,” she said. “It’s easier if they know we’re near, so we can get there quickly if they want us.”
The money will be used to buy leisure equipment such as DVD players for patients – many of whom, like Summer, have to spend months at a time in hospital. To make a donation, contact Nicola on 07835 063027.