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Family and friends run from Eaton to Great Ormond Street Hospital for baby Oli

PUBLISHED: 07:49 18 July 2011

Ruth and Ed Wood starting the Run for Oli from their home in Eaton Rise on Sunday morning.; Photo: Bill Smith

Ruth and Ed Wood starting the Run for Oli from their home in Eaton Rise on Sunday morning.; Photo: Bill Smith

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More than 50 people ran, cycled and walked from Norwich to Great Ormond street hospital to raise money inspired by a remarkable baby.

Oli Wood, who celebrated his first birthday last Tuesday, had to undergo a heart transplant when he was just six months old.

Yesterday his parents, along with 54 friends and relatives spent the day doing a relay of the 120 mile journey, the longest stint being a 40 mile cycle which was completed by his grandad.

Oli’s parents Ruth and Ed, who live in Welsford Road, off Eaton Road, aimed to raise £6,000 but have blasted their target and have already raised £6,500 for the Children’s Acute Transport Service and the Sick Children’s Trust.

Some of the money was donated at Oli’s christening which was held at Longham Church, near Dereham on June 11.

Mrs Wood who teaches German and French at Hartismere High School said: “People have been really generous.

“Everyone who is taking part has been very supportive. My school have been brilliant, I couldn’t ask for a better school.

“It’s quite social for me. I am walking my part with some members of staff. I haven’t seen my colleagues over the past 13 months.”

Mr Wood’s colleagues from Taverham Hall school also took part.

Mrs Wood added: “My aunt and cousins are doing the legs in London, they are making a nice day out of it. A lot of people felt very helpless and they said they are pleased to be able to support us now. It’s nice for us to give something back to the charity and other families can benefit. They gave us accommodation. It’s a lovely area and there’s no way we could have afforded to stay there.”

Doctors discovered he had two holes in his heart when he was just a week old.

He spent seven months in hospital before he was able to return home at Easter and has undergone four operations.

Mr Wood said: “What’s nice about the run it it’s something we enjoy doing anyway. Ruth’s dad is keen on his running but there’s quite a lot of guys taking part who don’t normally do it.”

To donate visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/oliwood

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