An athletic father has taken on his fifth epic challenge to raise money for a children’s hospital unit.
Ivan Hollingsworth, from Monkseaton, has been fundraising for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital, after it saved the life of his son Seb.
For the past five years Ivan has been raising money by taking on a series of endurance events, including five coast to coast challenges that have increased in intensity over the years.
This year’s mammoth undertaking saw him and a team of dedicated fundraisers cycle 75 miles from Whitehaven to Keswick on the first day, swim one mile across Derwent Water and cycling a further 65 miles the second day, run 37 miles the third day, and end on the fourth day by running a marathon to Tynemouth Long Sands.
Ivan said: “It went fantastically well.
“The C2C5 was our fifth Seb4CHUF C2C challenge and one that will stay in my memory for an incredibly long time.
“Whether it was cycling over the toughest climbs the Lake District has to offer, swimming over a mile across the beautiful Derwent Water or the amazing support we received as we made our way across the country.
“On day three we ran 37 miles across the some of the hilliest roads I have ever had the pleasure of running, in temperatures exceeding 30 degrees, melting Tarmac and unbelievably painful legs.
“Despite all of this our hard-core team ran at a phenomenal pace, with a team ethic that ensured no one went ‘emotionally dark’ for long.
“It is a day that will go down in Seb4CHUF C2C folklore as the most epic ever.”
The final day saw seven nurses from Ward 23 of the children’s heart unit join the group at Monument in Newcastle for the last half marathon to Tynemouth.
“On the last half of our marathon run we were joined by the very people who cared for our precious Sebastian in his darkest hour,” said Ivan.
“To be able to run side by side with these real superstars is something I will never forget and the girls brought smiles, humour and a sense of purpose to our tired team.”
Ivan’s fundraising has now paid for a playroom attached to Ward 23, which will open in a couple of weeks.
“To know that our blood, sweat and tears will be in the very fabric of that building is something we all hold very dear,” he added.
To donate to Ivan’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/seb4chuf or text CHUF99 and the amount you want to donate to 70070.