Hero dad will run to save kids’ lives

Craig Haydon with St Bernadette's Primary School pupils (from left)  Elliot Haydon, Christopher Ray, Taylor Haydon and Lucy Beirne. Below: Jude Haydon.
Craig Haydon with St Bernadette's Primary School pupils (from left) Elliot Haydon, Christopher Ray, Taylor Haydon and Lucy Beirne. Below: Jude Haydon.
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SUPERDAD Craig Haydon is going the extra 26.2 miles to help his children’s school become a life-saving one.

Father-of-three Craig has pledged to raise enough money for a defibrillator for St Bernadette’s Primary School by running the London Marathon next month.

Jude Haydon

Jude Haydon

And his challenge has become even closer to home since he discovered his nine-week-old son Jude has a heart murmur.

Craig, an ex-Army man, was one of few people to get into the race by ballot, meaning he didn’t have to run on behalf of a charity.

But the 35-year-old, hailed a local inspiration, decided to use the rare opportunity to help out his children’s school.

He said: “I know the school is really keen to have a defibrillator on site.

“Two hundred and seventy children die in schools each year which do not have this life-saving equipment, and I wanted to be able to do something worthwhile for the community and the school.”

Craig, of Coriander Close, Bispham, said training for the big race, on April 21, was going well, with his latest run of 18 miles taking two hours and 10 minutes.

This week he will push his training to 20 miles.

He hopes to raise £1,000 for SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly Sad Trust, which raises awareness of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome and sudden adult death.

The charity will send St Bernadette’s the defibrillator and arrange for staff to be trained with the equipment.

The school’s headteacher, Michelle Holden, said: “Craig is an inspirational person, and we are lucky to have him as a parent.

“This is just one example of how some people go the extra mile for the school, and will reassure parents that, in the event anything should happen to their child, we have the equipment that could make a difference. It can save a child’s life.”

Craig added: “It’s humbling for me to be able to do something like this.

“It gives me a bit more focus and direction when I’m training on the dark nights – it’s not just for me. I know I have to achieve something and give something back.”

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “SADS UK is pleased that St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School are supporting the SADS UK Big Shock Campaign and putting a defibrillator on their premises to restart the heart if a cardiac arrest occurs. CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival, but using the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.”

To sponsor Craig visit www.justgiving.com/craig-haydon.

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