Local Dad Completes His Second 'Iron Gromit' Fundraising Challenge
In an Ironman-style expedition, Graham Wadsworth visited all 67 Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures in one day!
Born November 17, 2012 with a congenital heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries, Graham Wadsworth's son, Luke, underwent life-saving heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital at only eight days old. Graham and wife, Ruth, were floored by the level of care and heartwarming compassion shown for baby Luke during his time in hospital.
"The staff were truly incredible throughout the three weeks Luke was there, and we cannot thank them enough for the amazing care, attention to detail, and emotional support they gave us and Luke during his stay," said Graham. "Without them, it is no exaggeration to say that Luke would not be alive today."
With overflowing gratitude for Luke's caregivers, Graham decided to do something epic. In 2013, when a fully recovered Luke was just 7 months of age, Graham took advantage of the first Gromit Unleashed trail and launched his premier ‘Iron Gromit.’ Swimming, cycling and running to all sculptures in just one day, Graham raised an astounding £15,000 for The Grand Appeal in support of Bristol Children’s Hospital!
This past Saturday, July 7, with wife Ruth by his side, Graham commenced his second 'Iron Gromit' trek. Entering the water at 4:30AM, Graham and Ruth swam 2.4 miles to the first sculpture on his route, 'Giggles,' at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare. Graham then hopped on his bike and cycled 112 miles before hitting the pavement for a full marathon (26.2 miles!) He completed his lengthy journey Saturday evening at the Rocket Man Wallace sculpture, located at Bristol Children's Hospital.
Although Graham's 'Iron Gromit' adventure is complete, his fundraising efforts are ongoing. To help him reach his £5,000 goal, please visit Graham's Just Giving page.