The mum of a Huddersfield teen born with half a heart has raised hundreds through a charity walk.
Rayne Sutcliffe trekked 64 miles in a non-stop walk from Glasgow to Edinburgh for the British Heart Foundation, whose research helped save the life of her son George, 17.
Rayne, who lives with George and their family in Linthwaite, was joined by her friend Louise Shorrock and sister Hayley Smith for the weekend walk along with almost 200 others from across the UK.
Between the three of them, they have so far raised £2,500 for vital research.
George was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome before he was born and has beaten the odds despite being predicted to not survive past the age of 11.
He had ground-breaking surgery lasting 13 hours in Newcastle in 2013, which extended his life expectancy to a further 25 years.
“Without the BHF’s research, George would not be here today,” said Rayne, 47.
“I had to give up work to care for George and because of this we couldn’t plan any fundraising until after he’d had his operation.
“But I wanted to give something back by raising money and awareness.”
The trio trained for months prior to the walk.
“We did regular walks between 10 and 20 miles when we could and that helped us.
“It took us 26 hours and it went really well, although I’ve got some sore blisters and the pebbly surfaces we had to walk on at times were horrendous.
“The BHF events team were fantastic. They gave us a massage half way around and fed us too.
“We even met some guys from Huddersfield on the walk who were raising money on behalf of their wives.”
Of the 50 children with HLHS treated at Leeds General Infirmary, George is the sole survivor.
He is now living the life of an ordinary teen.
Rayne added: “George has had five open heart procedures, including two that were abandoned.
“But now he’s studying on a foundation course at Kirklees College to pass exams that he didn’t have the chance to before.
“He just needs to go to bi-annual appointments in Leeds and Newcastle.
“He’s not cured and can be knocked if he does too much but he is full of energy, which is just fantastic.”
To donate to Rayne’s cause, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rayne-Sutcliffe