By Louise Reilly 3 Oct 2013 07:00
Everyone deserves at the very least a pat on the back when they cross the finishing line of a charity run.
But it was the biggest hug ever that was waiting for dad Fraser Fulton when he completed the Great North Run.
Waiting with that special cuddle was daughter Blair, the inspiration behind Fraser’s marathon effort.
The miracle tot is winning her fight for life after undergoing a heart transplant when she was just a year-and-a-half.
And with celebrations in hand for her second birthday this month, Blair is continuing to make remarkable process.
Mum and dad, Sharon (34) and 35-year-old Fraser, from Westwood, East Kilbride,say that they owe their precious daughter’s life to the medical staff at Freeman Hospital.
After suffering heart failure, Blair was airlifted to the Newcastle hospital, where she was kept alive by
a pioneering artificial heart.
Ten days later a donor was found and the tot underwent a heart transplant. To thank the hospital Fraser ran the Great North Run to raise funds for its Children’s Heart Unit, which Blair still attends every couple of weeks.
And he was delighted when he completed the half marathon around the streets of Newcastle in just over two hours.
Fraser was further overjoyed when his efforts raised over £1600 for the unit — far surpassing his target of £500.
The delighted dad said: “People have been so generous. I really can’t thank them enough for helping me raise this fantastic total.
“The work they do at the Freeman Hospital is simply wonderful and to be able to help them save children’s lives, just like Blair, is fantastic.”