Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy's Happy Ending Inspires Charity Work

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy's Happy Ending Inspires Charity Work

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A LITTLE boy's fight for life has inspired a charity to help improve the hearts and minds of hundreds of children with autism.

Four-year-old Patrick McGrath, who is not autistic but suffers from a rare congenital disorder called Kabuki syndrome, has undergone seven major operations since he was born prematurely with a giant hole in his heart.

Now his only worry is keeping up with his peers at nursery - a day parents Ian and Sandra once thought they might never see.

Ian worked in the plant hire industry up until two years ago when he decided to try and make some money for the hospital that helped his son.

He founded the Hearts and Minds Challenge charity and with just two fundraising events - a sponsored bike ride across Ireland and ball - raised Pounds 75,000 for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Christie Hospital and Irish Autism Action.

The 45-year-old, from Sale, said: "They were so successful Keith Duffy - the patron of IAA - invited me to one of his golf days as a thank you for the donation we made. …

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