Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Getting on His Bike for Charity; Jamie's Gruelling Ride to Raise Cash for Hospital Which Saved His Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Getting on His Bike for Charity; Jamie's Gruelling Ride to Raise Cash for Hospital Which Saved His Life

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Byline: By MATT CASEY

GRATEFUL Jamie Maclean is to cycle the length and breadth of Britain to say thanks to medical staff who saved his life when he was a baby.

At 10 months old he had major surgery to repair a damaged aorta valve which was restricting the supply of blood to his body.

The operation was carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, which has a worldwide reputation for treating sick children.

Now Jamie, 24, of Heaton, Newcastle, is in training to cycle more than 1,000 miles from Lands End in Cornwall to John O'Groats on the north east tip of Scotland.

Jamie, a senior travel consultant based in Durham, lived with his family in London when he had the operation and had regular check-ups at Great Ormond Street during his youth.

Since moving to the North East he has check-ups at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

He is fully fit and a keen amateur cyclist with Gosforth Road Cycle Club, which regularly cycles across Northumberland at weekends. …

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