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Mum Karen closes in on Great Ormond Street Hospital charity target

13:11 01 April 2013

Great Ormond Street Hospital fundraiser at Orchard Gardens pub, North Walsham organised by Karen Wardle (centre) whose son Tom 13 (centre, in green) suffers from a rare heart condition. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Great Ormond Street Hospital fundraiser at Orchard Gardens pub, North Walsham organised by Karen Wardle (centre) whose son Tom 13 (centre, in green) suffers from a rare heart condition. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

A single-minded mum is closing in on a £2,000 charity target after a latest fundraiser to give something back to the hospital that cared for her son.

Karen Wardle has this year pledged to “give something back” to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, which treated her son Tom, who has a dangerous heart condition.

On Easter Sunday, she raised more than £350 at a charity day at the Orchard Gardens pub in the family’s home town North Walsham.

Numerous people turned out for the event, which included a Champagne tree, a charity square containing 200 numbers, a teddy bear tombola and a children’s colouring competition.

Mrs Wardle, of Burton Avenue, said: “I want to raise as much as possible, but I certainly want to hit £2,000. There was a good turnout, and I’d like to thank Alison and Nick at the Orchard Gardens for all their support.” She said Tom, 13, was “a bit embarrassed” but “really happy with the fundraising”.

Tom had open-heart surgery twice before he was 18 months old, and faces annual hospital trips and possible future operations because of a condition called Fallot’s tetralogy, which sees his arteries narrow.

But the 13-year-old has shrugged off his difficulties to play as a striker for North Walsham under-13s - and make a name for himself playing table tennis against adults for North Walsham Sports Centre.

He is on the verge of outgrowing a stent that he had fitted some years ago, and could soon have to have it replaced. A operation to repair a leaking valve could also be on the cards.

Mrs Wardle, who held a posh jumble sale in February, is doing a static cycle ride at Morrisons at Cromer on Thursday from 9.30am.

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