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Ivan Hollingsworth runs for 24 hours for sick son

Ivan Hollingsworth and son Seb
Image caption Mr Hollingsworth said running for 24 hours was "nothing" compared to seeing your child sick

A father ran 100 miles in 24 hours to raise money for the Tyneside hospital which saved the life of his son.

Sebastian Hollingsworth was just 16 weeks old when he had to undergo surgery for a heart defect at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

Now three, Sebastian is doing well, and to thank staff, his father Ivan, 34, has raised £175,000 for the hospital.

Mr Hollingsworth ran solidly without sleep from Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders to Tynemouth beach.

His wife Nadine and Sebastian were at the beach to welcome him back.

Mr Hollingsworth said the challenge was "nothing" compared to seeing your child sick in a hospital bed.

All the money raised will go to the Freeman Children's Heart Unit Fund (Chuf).

During the run, Mr Hollingsworth, of Whitley Bay, was followed by a support vehicle which supplied him with refreshments and energy bars.

He said: "If it wasn't for the Freeman Hospital my son wouldn't be alive. I'd rather run for 24 hours than spend 24 hours in intensive care with my child. That's rough - this isn't."

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