Eleanor is inspiration behind marathon effort

MHDE-17-10-11 MARATHON OCT53 (2)'Runner Warren Harrison, will be taking part in this weekend's Birmingham Half Marathon, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. He will be doing this because his three year old niece, Eleanor Bennett-Davis, suffers with a heart condition.'Pictured is Eleanor with Warren
MHDE-17-10-11 MARATHON OCT53 (2)'Runner Warren Harrison, will be taking part in this weekend's Birmingham Half Marathon, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. He will be doing this because his three year old niece, Eleanor Bennett-Davis, suffers with a heart condition.'Pictured is Eleanor with Warren

A YOUNG Daventry girl with a hole in her heart is the inspiration behind one man’s charity run.

Warren Harrison, from Banbury, will be running this Sunday’s Birmingham half marathon to help his niece from Daventry.

Eleanor Bennett-Davis, three, who lives on Daventry’s Southbrook was born with a hole in her heart – a condition which so far has not healed itself.

Her mum Leila Davis, said: “With these types of conditions there are some which you can grow up and live with and be fine. Others they will operate on within a few weeks of birth.

“In Eleanor’s case they thought it might heal itself as she grew up.

“So far it hasn’t. It’s like a little cut between your fingers that won’t heal because you keep stretching it.

“When she was younger Eleanor was on drugs to help her. The key thing is to make sure she is always thriving as a baby.

“If babies aren’t thriving they can pick up illnesses and infections. Normally that’s not too bad, but in cases like Eleanor’s, an infection can be serious.”

With Eleanor approaching school age she will be assessed to see if the hole is closing.

Mrs Davis said: “Eleanor doesn’t look like she has a problem, but this hole will become a problem later, not so much for her heart, but for her lungs which can end up filling with fluid.

“The doctors want her to grow and heal the hole herself, but that’s not looking likely, so it’s probable that she’ll need an operation where they’ll put a small piece of plastic into her heart to cover the gap.

“There’s only a few places in the country that can perform the operation, so we’ll be going to Great Ormond Street Hospital for it.”

Mr Harrison is raising money for the British Heart Foundation, which funds research into conditions like Eleanor’s.

He said: “When I do events like this I like to do it for a cause that means something to me.

“Having something that’s personal helps to motivate me when I’m training, and in the event itself as well.”