Dedicated Wimbledon dads walk 120 miles and raise thousands for baby charity

Wimbledon Guardian: Iain Innes, left, and James Smith arrive in Norwich after 120 miles. Iain Innes, left, and James Smith arrive in Norwich after 120 miles.

Dedicated dads raised over £4,400 by walking more than 120 miles over four days for a children’s charity.

Iain Innes, 36, and friend of 23 years, James Smith, 36, took on the challenge to walk from London to Norwich after Mr Innes’ daughter Ella was starved of oxygen at birth and did not take her first unassisted breath for six minutes.

The youngster, now nine months old, was treated with a cooling suit funded by the charity Sparks at St George’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

The pair wanted to give something back and hoped to raise £3,000 for Sparks.

Instead they are delighted to have raised £4,460 for the charity.

Mr Innes, of Clarence Road, Wimbledon, said: "This challenge was right on the edge of my physical and mental capabilities.

"There is a huge sense of satisfaction to have completed it and to have raised such a significant sum for Sparks.

"I'm looking forward to teaching Ella how to walk so she can join me on the next one."

To sponsor them visit the website.


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