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Olympic sale raises cash for disabled

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Geoffrey Tudor has sold his memorabilia from the 1948 London Olympics for a charity set up in his son's memory

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The sale of a running vest from the 1948 London Olympics and other memorabilia helped raise funds for a Devon charity for people with learning and physical disabilities.

The items belonged to Geoffrey Tudor, whose son Eddie spent some of his happiest years at Northam Lodge, in Bideford, until his sudden death last year.

Mr Tudor had captained the Oxford University cross-country team in 1947 and was selected at very short notice to run in the 3,000m Olympic steeplechase the following year – something he described as "the tallest of tall orders".

But Mr Tudor said he faced "an even greater challenge" when his second son was born severely handicapped with cerebral palsy.

He said: "This was a real life-changing experience. Eddie's courage, sense of humour and eagerness to accept any challenge was a joy to witness and share.

"It made competing in a race seem tame in comparison." Mr Tudor's running vest and other memorabilia raised £450 in a recent sale at Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood, of Exeter.

The money will go towards a fund started in Eddie's memory which has already contributed more than £14,000 towards a major improvement scheme at the charity's Rose Hill site.

The project will provide modern day care facilities and accommodation that can be used by other groups at evenings and weekends.

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