Toby and Oli to make marathon debut in memory of baby Jack

Customer services advisor Toby Strangeway will run his first marathon this year in memory of his son, Jack, who was born with a heart defect and died aged just six months.

Toby will be joined by his friend, Oli Baxter, in the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon on October 14th while his wife, Jen, takes on the challenge of the Yorkshire 10 Mile on the same day.

They will be raising money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, based at Leeds General Infirmary, which supported Toby and Jen, who live in Tadcaster, during their baby’s illness.

Jack was born in November 2013 with complete atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) and underwent open heart surgery at three-weeks-old. He lost his battle for life in June 2014. He had never been home. 

Toby said: “The Children's Heart Surgery Fund supported us and enabled us to be there for Jack. They work closely with the Congenital Heart Unit at LGI, providing funding for equipment, accommodation for families, improving the wards and facilities, staff training and generally caring for patients and their families.

“In memory of Jack and to give back to a charity that has done so much for us, we have held an annual event. For the last 3 years we have held cricket matches and fundraisers, and also completed the Whitby to Tadcaster bike ride, which altogether has raised over £5,000.”

They will be looking to boost that total in October and can be supported at

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