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Three Marathons in Three Days!


Phil Russell and his friend, Tim have set themselves an extraordinary feat …. they will run 3 marathons in 3 days along the Dorset Coast in March 2013 raising funds for Families of Ocean Ward.

And as if that isn’t enough they’ve set an extraordinary fundraising target of £5000. They are doing well but still have a long way to go.  P lease help them reach this by donating  via the text service by text 70070 then write MOLL78 then £ how much you wish to donate or via Phil’s justgiving page.  Thank you.



Alex Denton Trekking to Base Camp Everest
Trek to Everest
“In March 2013 I will be Trekking to Base Camp Everest for Families of Ocean Ward. Please carry on reading to find out why I am taking this Trek…
For some time now I had considered taking on a challenge in the memory my niece Lucy Franks with a view to raising funds for Ocean Ward as this had been such an integral part of her young life. I had always anticipated it would be a marathon but recently I had been invited to join a challenge to Trek to Base Camp Everest and very quickly decided this was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Lucy’s life and raise funds for the people who were so kind, supportive and responsible for giving us Lucy’s life. 

 Lucy was not even a week old when it became apparent she was having difficulties and very quickly was transferred from Southlands Hospital in West Sussex to Southampton General. Not long after being in Southampton  Lucy was to be diagnosed with a narrowing in her aorta valve, with a slight hole in the heart and soon she received a life saving operation at just a week old.  In the coming months and years Southampton General and Ocean Ward were to be part of the family life and diary. When Lucy reached her early teens she needed further surgery to replace the valve all very successful.

Sadly Lucy passed away after suffering complications due to glandular fever aged 19 years old.  If you met Lucy at any time in her life you would have known her energy and zest for life and not one complaint or bitterness for all she had endured.  This was undoubtedly was a tribute to all at Southampton General, Doctors, Nurses, Staff and Volunteers including the Families of Ocean Ward.

With this in  mind I ask you to please give generously and help the Families of Ocean Ward continue to support children, parents and families when they need it the most.

Please donate on my Just Giving Page -

Trek for Families of Ocean Ward - Please click on Link to Like & Share my Facebook Page.

Thank you.  Alex”


Charlotte Smith running the London Marathon


“This year I am undertaking the biggest challenge of my life so far….to run the Virgin London Marathon on 21st April 2013 (eeeeeeeek!!).

Those that know me will appreciate that the decision to apply for the marathon last May was half-hearted, on a whim and without any real thought as to what it would involve (and to be honest, no real expectation to get a place!).  Then in September 2012 the pack landed on my doorstep saying I had been accepted and the realisation (and panic) set in!  I have never run anywhere near this distance before and I am petrified at the thought, but with hard work, sheer stubbornness and a good cause to run for, I am determined to complete the 26.2mile course – hopefully in a respectable time.  The first and most important task was to decide which charities I wanted to run for. This was a hard decision, but I have decided to chose 2 charities that I believe will motivate me to complete the course; and one that I genuinely think is a more than worthy cause: Families of Ocean Ward’ and ‘Make-a-wish Foundation’.

My training is well underway and is proving tough, especially in the dark, rainy, frozen winter evenings, but I am determined to complete the marathon, no matter how long it takes me. Any sponsorship that you can afford will be gratefully received and will make a real difference to families who are going through such difficult times.  Thank You.”


Vaughn, Heidi and Joshua


Vaughn is running a half marathon for Ocean Ward and Heidi is organising events to raise funds.  Here is what Heidi says:

“We almost lost Joshua when I suffered a threatened miscarriage at nine weeks, thankfully it somehow stopped and our little heart warrior proved to be a special little fighter right from the start! 

At 20 weeks we had the diagnosis confirmed… Joshua was born by emergency c section 5 weeks early with Congenitally Corrected Transposition Of The Great Arteries (CCTGA) and a large hole in the heart (VSD).  He was taken straight to the NICU and was then diagnosed with complete heart block.  At 3 weeks old Joshua had his 1st heart surgery to do a PA Banding and had his pacemaker implanted.  We are now waiting for news of his next surgery which will be complex open heart surgery and carries significant risk.  Because of this, they are currently waiting for Joshua to grow and gain weight which he is now doing quite well.  CCTGA is a very complex and very rare defect which makes up only 0.5 – 1% of all congenital heart defects!

This is why we are fundraising for Families Of Ocean Ward!  While Joshua has been in and out of the unit, all staff and the other parents have been absolutely amazing and so supportive to us all. The charity is run by a few parents and they do fantastic work with the funds raised like supplying medical equipment for use both in and out of hospital, giving hardship grants for costs of hospital stays, organising free trips, parties and buying new play equipment too.  All these things help the heart children cope with their heart defects just that little bit easier…. But they do cost money so this is your chance to help make these wonderful little heart warriors smile!

You can support Vaughn, Heidi and Little Joshua via their Justgiving account