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Bridport student Ed cheers on hero
MATHS degree student Tom Hedger from Bridport beat his target from a sponsored run for a young family friend with a rare condition.
He raised £1,300 for the Hereditary Multiple Exotoses Support Group (HMESG) – £800 more than he had originally hoped for.
Tom, 20, tackled a 50km race in the New Forest to raise cash for the HMESG as it has helped young Edward Chubb, three, who has the rare and painful skeletal condition, which causes extra growth on bones.
Jan Hedger, who is Tom’s mother, said: “Tom finished third out of the 50k runners with a time of five hours and four minutes. The course was set as three ten-mile laps within the New Forest. “Lots of family and friends turned out to cheer him on and to see him cross the finish line it was amazing.
“Aside of Tom, the star of the day was little Ed himself, who had travelled from Wimbledon for the day with his family to see the run. “He sat at the side of the road and clapped and cheered for Tom as he passed by and after the run he presented Tom with a card and a gift voucher and a big thank you for his help in supporting him and other people who suffer from HME.”
She added: “Tom has been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone.”
Edward will be four in July. He lives with dad Simon, who is originally from Broadwindsor, mum Maria and his 18-month-old brother Daniel in Wimbledon.
His rare condition can lead to other problems and he often needs multiple surgery.
Tom’s funds will go to help the HMESG support families and fund research into the condition.
Tom started running about five years ago. He has received encouragement from Bridport Running Club and coach Pete Blackmore.
He worked at Morrisons supermarket during the holidays as well as on a voluntary basis at Oxfam.
Tom is studying a mathematics degree at Sussex University.
Visit justgiving.com/tom-hedger to sponsor Tom and hmesg.org.uk for more information about the support group.