Dad to take on 12k challenge for son

Simon Coe, who is taking on Total Warrior in aid of CHUF.
Simon Coe, who is taking on Total Warrior in aid of CHUF.

A brave dad is preparing to take on a 12k obstacle challenge to raise funds for a unit that is caring for his son.

Simon Coe, from Cramlington, will take on the brutal Total Warrior assault course challenge in Edinburgh next weekend, to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Simon’s 12-year-old son Kieran was born with a heart murmur and a leaky valve.

His heart has not developed in the way doctors had hoped, and the Cramlington Learning Village pupil will undergo heart surgery at the Freeman later this year.

“The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman is one of the world’s leading specialist centres for children with heart conditions,” said Simon.

“I’m raising funds for CHUF as my son requires heart surgery and I want to give something back for the care he will receive.

“I wanted to challenge myself, as I’m not the fittest lad in the world, but I wanted to have a bash at it and try to raise some money.

“If a 12-year-old can go through this operation and recovery, I’m sure I can manage four of five hours in a muddy field taking on obsence obstacles.”

Simon set himself a target of £500, but has already raised in excess of £700 for the charity.

“It hasnt phased Kieran at all,” he said.

“He is my inspriation and I hope I do him proud.”

To donate to Simon’s cause, visit his page at

For more information about CHUF and the work they do in the north east, visit