Mum takes the plunge for children's charity

Spittal mum Elizabeth Bruin took the plunge into the North Sea on Saturday to raise over £150 for charity.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 25 February, 2016, 10:33
Elizabeth Bruin completes her sponsored dip from Spittal beach

“I ran in, lost my balance and fell face forward into the water and ended up swallowing lots of water,” she said. “I think that shocked me more than the temperature of the water!”

She wanted to help the Sick Children’s Trust which provided accommodation for her and husband, Paul, after their son, Lewis, had a sudden heart attack.

Lewis, then seven, had to be resuscitated for 40 minutes after the cardiac arrest and spent several weeks recovering in Newcastle afterwards.

It turned out that Lewis, now 11, had a complex heart defect which caused his heart to beat abnormally fast.

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The couple were able to stay at Crawford House, next to the RVI, for four days rather than make the 65-mile daily trip back to Berwick.

“The support we received from the Sick Children’s Trust was wonderful,” said Elizabeth.

She thanked everyone who has donated to the cause.