Dedicated dad runs miles to raise cash

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a DEDICATED dad has clocked up 771 miles running in fundraising races across the country to raise cash for a charity that supports his son.

Mark Frost completed the Great North Run, the British 10K Run, the Birmingham Run and the Great South Run.

He collected more than £2,000 for Newlife and lost six stone in the process.

The charity paid for a new motorised wheelchair for Mark’s son, Matthew, after thieves stole his old one from outside the Frost family’s Benner Avenue home in March.

Mark said: “Newlife provided a lifeline for us so I wanted to give something back.

“The wheelchair has literally changed Matthew’s life.

“He embraces every challenge he faces, so that has kept me going.”

Seven-year-old Matthew needs a wheelchair after he was born with a heart condition that meant he had to undergo surgery at just ten weeks old.

Matthew developed an infection that led to a heart attack, which resulted in him losing a leg and some fingers.

His family were told that Matthew had a 10,000 to one chance of survival and they were advised to turn off his life support.

At this point it was thought Matthew had no brain activity and was probably deaf and blind but against the odds Matthew survived.

Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “Mark’s achievements are truly inspirational and we are so grateful for this money which means we can help other children in need in Derbyshire – there are two currently awaiting equipment costing £677.75.

“Our grants are so vital to so many children, offering practical support to families in need.

“Items can range from a pain-relieving bed to communication aids, from specialist walkers to wheelchairs like the one for Matthew.

“Equipment that costs from hundreds to several thousands of pounds really can revolutionise a child’s life.”

Anyone interested in fundraising or making a donation to Newlife can contact the community fundraising team on 0800 988 4640 or visit www.newlifecharity.co.uk.