19th Nov, 2017

Shirley mum set to take on yoga challenge for Birmingham Children's Hospital

Sarah Mason 13th Sep, 2017 Updated: 13th Sep, 2017

A SHIRLEY mum will be rolling out her yoga mat this weekend for nine-and-a-half hours in honour of her 15 month old son.

Hannah Hackett is limbering up ahead of her challenge at Frais Cafe in Parkgate on Sunday (September 17) where she will be raising awareness of congenital heart conditions and raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The 34-year-old’s son, Theo, was born with a heart condition and he had a nine-and-a-half hour life-saving operation shortly after he was born.

She took up yoga during the year and has decided to challenge herself to this in honour of the time he was in theatre.

Speaking to The Observer Hannah said: “We have had quite a journey from diagnosis to operating theatre and recovery to get to where we are now.

“It’s still a long road and there will be more hospital appointments and probably more surgeries.

“I hope Sunday will raise money, celebrate our extraordinary hospital and bring together the local community to raise awareness.

“The doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital are amazing, some of them travel the world sharing their knowledge.”

Hannah and her team are also linking up with the Big Sleuth grin and bear it campaign which has seen bears popping up across Solihull and Birmingham to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The ten-week public art trail, named because ‘sleuth’ is a collective noun for a group of bears, has seen the city engulfed in colour with up to 100, 165cm tall sculptures taking to the region’s streets, parks and open spaces including Touchwood and Birmimgham Airport.

Since July the exhibition has showcased the artistic and cultural diversity the city has to offer, the family-friendly trail is intended to inspire residents and tourists alike to get active by walking, jogging, running or cycling The Big Sleuth Trail.

The sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

For more or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yogathonfortheo or text FLOW65 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.

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