Heart duo lead way in rais­ing char­ity funds

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TWO chil­dren born with rare heart con­di­tions are lead­ing their friends on a fundrais­ing mis­sion.

Ted Rourke, three, and Han­nah Storer, eight, from Mac­cles­field, are get­ting be­hind the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion’s Wear It, Beat It cam­paign, which raises money to sup­port re­search.

Han­nah, who goes to Prest­bury Pri­mary School, and Ted, who is at the nurs­ery, were both born with con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects and needed life­sav­ing surgery.

And on Fri­day

the plucky pair will be lead­ing their friends and sib­lings on a se­ries of phys­i­cal chal­lenges around the school field. All the chil­dren and teach­ers will also be sup­port­ing the cam­paign by wear­ing red clothes. The school will use the money they raise through spon­sor­ship to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor at the school and make a do­na­tion to Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where Ted and Han­nah had their life­sav­ing treat­ment.

Ted’s mum Sian, from Tyther­ing­ton, said: “The whole school – in­clud­ing Ted’s brother Milo – will be do­ing a one mile walk around the school field. This is be­cause for a child to walk one mile it is the equiv­a­lent to an adult run­ning a marathon. The in­fants will walk but the ju­niors will be do­ing a ‘mini tough mud­der’ course.”

Ted was born with Tetral­ogy of Fal­lot, which stops oxy­gen be­ing pumped around the body.

It is a rare con­di­tion which af­fects about one in ev­ery 3,000 ba­bies.

Ted had to en­dure ma­jor surgery to cor­rect the prob­lem and spent the first three months of his life in Alder Hey.

His brav­ery earned him the nick­name ‘Su­per Ted’ af­ter the car­toon bear.

Han­nah was rushed to hos­pi­tal with breath­ing prob­lems when she was just two weeks old and was di­ag­nosed with Pul­monary Atre­sia with ven­tric­u­lar sep­tal de­fect.

She suf­fered two car­diac ar­rests and spent weeks in in­ten­sive care be­fore un­der­go­ing ma­jor surgery.

While she con­tin­ues to have treat­ment for her con­di­tion, Han­nah isn’t let­ting it get in her way.

Mum Rachel, from Tyther­ing­ton, said: “Han­nah is lively and happy girl who won’t let it stop her play­ing with her friends and five-year-old brother Ben. She has reg­u­lar check-ups at Alder Hey which con­tin­ues to be the most amaz­ing, won­der­ful place. We are just happy to be in­volved in this event to be able to give some­thing back to the hos­pi­tal.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Ted Rourke and Han­nah Storer with fel­low pupils at Prest­bury Pri­mary School

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