Corrine raises cash for her son’s saviours

Mike Appleby, Corrine Barton, Mark Atkinson, Donna Goodwin, Kirsty Atkinson. EMN-150323-181417001
Mike Appleby, Corrine Barton, Mark Atkinson, Donna Goodwin, Kirsty Atkinson. EMN-150323-181417001

A mother from Louth has helped raise over £1,200 for a charity that helped save her son’s life when he was born with a rare heart condition.

Corrine Barton, 26, gave birth to her son William at home in August last year, where he seemed perfectly healthy and spent his first night at home.

However, when baby William was taken for a routine check-up at Grimsby hospital the following day it became clear that something was wrong, as his oxygen levels were very low.

He was rushed into an incubator, and half an hour later Corrine was told that 
her son had Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), a rare but serious heart defect which meant the main arteries in his heart were the wrong way round.

William was rushed to hospital in Leeds where he had immediate keyhole surgery, followed by open heart surgery a few 
days later.

William quickly recovered and was soon back home 
after a 12-day stint in hospital.

Corrine decided to raise money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which helped her family through the ordeal, and she was joined by her friends Mike, Mark, Donna and Kirsty at the 
Lincoln 10k race on Sunday (March 22). Corrine finished the race in just 51:02 minutes.

Together, the group raised more than £1,200 through their individual fundraising pages, with Corrine raising a further £70 through a cake sale at William’s nursery in 
Market Rasen.

Corrine said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated, it’s just overwhelming and it means so much to us. Hopefully this will provide the money that the charity needs.”

• Visit www.justgiving.com/Corrine-Barton if you wish to make a donation.