July 30 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, July 3, 2014
A Great Yarmouth bus controller is set to run 13 miles in aid of the children’s hospital which battled to save his baby son.
Sheldon Rees, a relief controller at First’s Yarmouth depot, will take part in the Great North Run on September 7 in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mr Rees, who lives in Caister with his wife Sarah and their six-week-old daughter, Libby, will be taking part in the race for the third time in memory of the couple’s son, Theo.
The tot was born with a rare heart condition and died in March 2012 when he was just six weeks old.
“We found out at the 20-week scan that he had Truncus, a rare heart condition. He had around 40 hours of heart operations but it was just too much for him at the end,” Mr Rees, 37, said.
“Theo was born at the University College London Hospitals and we never brought him home. The day he was born, he was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital and he stayed there for six weeks.”
To date, he and his wife, who works at Sainsbury’s, have raised more than £4,500 for Great Ormond Street by taking part in sporting events and holding a cocktail party in January on what would have been Theo’s second birthday.
And Mr Rees, of Roman Way, will be supported by colleagues from First Eastern Counties on the day of the run, including drivers Rob Jameson and Paul Veness.
The money they raise will be donated to the Flamingo ward at Great Ormond Street, which provides intensive care for babies.
To donate to his appeal visit www.justgiving.com/sheldon-rees2014