A mum from Halifax has organised a sponsored walk to raise money for the children’s heart surgery unit that saved her son’s life.
Laura Parker’s five-month-old son Mason Summers had life-saving surgery at Leeds General Infirmary just five days after he was born.
He was born with transposition of the great arteries and to have two of his heart valves switched.
Laura says she wants to raise awareness of the unit’s work with the walk, which will see friends and family cover two laps of Ogden Water - two-and-a-half miles - on May 17.
She said: “They saved his life. I had a meeting with the surgeon two days before his operation and he said he might die.
“It’s words like that that make you realise how important the work they do is.
“They really looked after both of us so even if it’s just to buy a little machine I just want to say thank you.
“I’ve had an amazing response - I wasn’t expecting the response I’ve had.
“I was hoping to raise £1,000 but we’ve nearly surpassed that already.
“I’m hoping to make it an annual event and also to start an annual charity day this summer.”