Norwich glamour girls look to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital to say thanks for saving baby Felicity’s life

Two friends more used to posing for glamourous promotional photos are swapping their make-up bags for running gear to raise funds for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Katie Garbutt and Louise Daynes, both from Thorpe Marriott, are preparing to take part in the RBC Race for the Kids event at Battersea Park in London at the end of June.

The event is held for the world-famous children's hospital as Louise, 21, was given a terrifying experience of the life-saving work the hospital does last year.

Her daughter, Felicity, was born with a heart defect in September that required major surgery soon after being born.

Katie, 22, is Felicity's godmother and explained: 'Louise went for her 20-week scan and was hoping to find out whether the baby was a boy or a girl but unfortunately she was told the baby had been diagnosed with a coarctation of the aorta, which would mean she would have an undersized heart and would shorten her life significantly.

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'So Felicity had only been born one day before having open-heart surgery. They were in hospital for two weeks and then found out the first operation didn't work and she had to undergo another one at five months old.'

Felicity is now seven months old and doing well so Louise and Katie are looking to raise money for Great Ormond Street to thank them for saving her life.

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The best friends are training for the 5km run, which is being held on Sunday, June 24, and are hoping to raise over �1,000.

They had originally targeted �500 but have already surpassed that and raised �875.

Louise won the Miss Norfolk beauty pageant in 2010 and Katie has previously reached the final of Miss Norwich, so running is not something they have a lot of experience with.

Modelling work, such as promotional work for British Super Bikes, is more their speciality - but they are determined to reach the finish line.

Katie, who has a two-year-old son, added: 'We are definitely not runners so we are training as much as we can. We are both mums so we are busy but we live quite close to each other so we are often running around Thorpe Marriott and trying our hardest to be ready.'

If you would like to donate to Louise and Katie's cause, go to

If you would like to to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity this summer, sign up to the RBC Race for the Kids 5k fun run at

- Are you raising money for charity? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or

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