Lucy, two, inspires lads to dash for cash
THE family of a Derby toddler who underwent life-saving heart surgery are to take part in a 10km challenge to raise funds for the hospital which treated her.
Lucy Bates, of Littleover, was born with two holes in her heart and in August, 2011, at the age of nine months, she spent three weeks at Glenfield Hospital, in Leicester, where she underwent surgery.
Lucy, who is now two years old, has since made a full recovery.
Her parents, Barry and Emma, have been thinking about ways to thank the Glenfield staff for the care and professionalism they showed when they treated Lucy, who was born with Down syndrome.
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The answer came from one of Lucy's uncles, Curt Tansley, who suggested the family enter a team into the Legends of Sherwood Forest night race.
A team of six people will now take part in the March 2 event, under the name Lucy's Lads. The team is made up of Lucy's dad, Barry, her grandad, Richard Tansley, uncles Curt, Luke Tansley and Sam Hollis and family friend Rob Mawby. They will be raising money for Heart Link, which is based at Glenfield Hospital.
The charity, also known as the East Midlands Children's Heart Care Association, was originally formed as a support group for parents and families who have a child suffering from a heart defect.
Today, it raises money to improve the facilities and equipment at the hospital.
As well as donations from the public, friends and family, the Lucy's Lads runners will also be hoping to raise cash at their places of work.
Richard runs Tansley Joinery, where Curt and Luke also work, and Rob owns Racing Lines, in Derby.
Barry, 35, who works as a mechanic at Arnold's Motorcycles in Burton, said: "Obviously, it was a worrying time when Lucy was admitted to the Glenfield – despite the doctors saying the surgery had a 98% success rate.
"The staff were incredible and ever since then we felt compelled to do something to show our gratitude. Last year, Curt took part in one of these night races and suggested it would be a good way to raise money for the hospital.
"Curt is also a personal trainer – so he should have no problems getting around the course. But the rest of us have never done anything like this before, so we've been training like mad."
The Legends of Sherwood Forest night race take place at Sherwood Pines, in Nottinghamshire. It sees competitors, who are encouraged to dress as characters from Robin Hood, negotiate a 10km course through woodland, overcoming various obstacles.
To sponsor the team, go to www.justgiving.com/ lucys-lads.