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Six year old raises cash for neonatal ward

Mason Martindale

Mason Martindale wanted to try and repay all the help his younger brother received from the caring staff at the West Suffolk Hospital.

So the six-year-old, who lives in Melford Court, Thetford, carried out a 2km run in a bid to raise money for the My WiSH Charity who support the neonatal unit at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

And the Norwich Road Academy school pupil managed to collect a total of £38 after taking part in the run at Rollesby, near Great Yarmouth, which was held in May.

He was the third youngest runner out of a field of 38 and came home in 34th place.

Mason’s three-year-old brother Lucas was a breach birth so mum Vanessa, who works as a teaching assistant at her son’s school, had to have a caesarean section to enable him to be born.

She said: “He turned blue and had to be rushed off to the unit and had lots of blood tests and he had fluid on his chest.

“But Mason wanted to do the run to raise the money for the unit and we managed to get friends and family to sponsor him.

“And now he wants to do some more races to raise some more funds and next year hopes to run at Banham Zoo as he also wants to be a zookeeper.”

And Mason added: “The run was tricky but I didn’t fail and friends, family and teachers at the school helped me to raise the money.”

Sally Daniels, My WiSH Charity’s appeal manager, said “It was a pleasure to meet Mason and his family and such a lovely thing to do. The staff on the neonatal unit love to see their little babies return for a visit and this donation will make a big difference to so many people. We can’t thank Mason enough for supporting us”.

Written by Russell Cook

Pictured at the West Suffolk Hospital are Vanessa and Mason Martindale with neonatal nurses Christina Whincop and Sharon Wilding.


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