News Staff July 30, 2018

The dad of a little boy who lost his valiant health battle last year is gearing up to cycle 300km around London to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust which kept his family together throughout years of hospital treatment.

Throughout his entire life, Rio Rutter was in and out of hospital, often many miles away from his Chesterfield home, undergoing treatment for a rare heart defect – hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Rio underwent much of his treatment at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Newcastle upon Tyne’s Freeman Hospital, where after a ten month wait in 2016 he received a lifesaving heart transplant. Despite this, Rio had numerous complications post-transplant, one of which was kidney failure. Tragically in 2017, after fighting courageously for five years, Rio passed away.

During his treatment at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Freeman Hospital, The Sick Children’s Trust supported his parents Jaydan Redhead ,26, and Kersha Rutter, 24, and his little brother Jai with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation at its Eckersley and Scott Houses, both just minutes away from Rio’s hospital bedside. Rio’s parents are now fundraising for The Sick Children’s Trust to thank the charity for keeping their family together throughout these years. Jaydan will be taking on The London Orbital Audax cycling race on Saturday 11 August, covering 300km around London in 20 hours to raise vital funds for the charity’s ‘Homes from Home’.