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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Brave Cumbrian tot inspires fundraising Talkin Tarn toddle

He was born with a life-threatening condition but family, friends and well-wishers took a toddle to celebrate Olly Tinnion’s early release from hospital.

Talkin Tarn toddle photo
Sophie Tinnion, far left, with friends, from left, Sandra Chappelhow, Claire-Louise Marshall and Hannah Chappelhow

The battling baby was given only a 50 per cent chance of survival but the five-month-old fought against Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) and was released from hospital three months early.

His parents Mike and Sophie decided to organise a walk around Talkin Tarn to raise money for CDH UK, a charity that provides support and information about the condition.

Mike said: “People are here from reading the story and talking to friends.

“It’s brought two communities together because we live in Penrith but I’m from Aspatria. It’s a fantastic turnout and we hope to raise up to £2,000.”

As well as raising money, Mike added that he was hoping to raise awareness for an e-petition, which if it gains 100,000 signatures means research for CDH could be debated in parliament.

Sophie said: “Everyone here wants to help because they know what a tough time we have had of it.

“CDH UK have supported us from the very beginning, especially emotionally. There’s nowhere apart from them because the information on the internet isn’t very good.”


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