Norwich family take on charity bike ride to thank hospital for looking after Oliver during heart transplant aged just six months

Oli Wood, aged five, with his dad, Ed, who is fundraising by cycling from Norwich to GOSH with famil

Oli Wood, aged five, with his dad, Ed, who is fundraising by cycling from Norwich to GOSH with family members, to mark five years since Oli's heart transplant. With them are Oli's mum Ruth, and sister, three-year-old Elsie. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A determined father spent the weekend biking 130 miles to say thank you to the hospital that supported his family when his baby son underwent a heart transplant.

Oliver Wood was just six-months-old when he had the transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), having been born with two holes in his heart and a problem with one of the valves.

In February, the family, of Welsford Road in Norwich, marked five years since Oliver's transplant and decided it was time to say thank you.

Over Saturday and Sunday, father Ed Wood, uncle Nick Dajda and grandfather Richard Dajda biked from Norwich to GOSH in aid of the hospital, the Sick Children's Trust, which gave the family free accommodation while they spent seven months in hospital, and the Children's Acute Transport Services (CATS).

Mr Wood, 34, said the ride had been hard-going, but that the family, including Oliver's mum Ruth and three-year-old sister Elsie, had almost hit their target of £2,000.


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'We're all still in one piece, so that's a positive,' he said. 'We're really pleased to have raised so much.'

On Saturday, they biked the first 75 miles, with the remainder completed on Sunday.

To donate, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/oliverwood

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