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Charlie's marathon mission for hospital

A SCHOOLBOY who was born with a rare heart condition has made a brilliant start to 2017 - he's raised more than £2,000 to help other poorly children.

Charlie Andrews-Brown, from Downend, has hypo-plastic left heart syndrome which means he only has half a working heart.

The 11-year-old has endured six operations, including three open heart surgeries, and tasks most youngsters take for granted - like running and playing - cause him to become breathless, making everyday life very difficult.

But despite this, Charlie has completed half a marathon in five stages to raise money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal.

Read more about Charlie's incredible marathon challenge on page 3.