An actor from Cam competed in a decathlon to raise money for charity following the death of his twins.

Stewart O'Reilly competed at The British Masters Athletics Championships in Hull on June 29 and 30, alongside his friend and athletics coach Matt Holloway.

One of the toughest athletics events, a decathlon consists of 100m, 110m hurdles, 400m, 1500m, long jump, high jump, pole vault, discus, javelin and shot put.

The pair were raising money for Tamba (Twins And Multiple Birth Association). Stewart and wife Jennie lost twin boys in 2013.

Stewart said: “I’d wanted to do some sort of challenge and raise money for Tamba after we lost our twin boys

"Sadly, they were diagnosed with TTTS (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome).

"My wife had laser ablation surgery which worked, but at 21 weeks her waters broke and she went into labour.

“We had such brilliant care at Bristol. Our consultant came in at the weekend when he was off and had to tell us the devastating news that there was no chance of a good outcome and the boys were born later that night.

“It remains the worst days of our lives, but also we see it as a strange kind of blessing because the boys gave us the gift of becoming parents, which we will always be thankful for.

“Our love for them was intense and we remember them every day and try to honour them as best as we can.

“We were told about the support that Tamba, and the charity Sands, could offer following a bereavement, and while we didn’t access any of their services, it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to fundraise for Tamba.”

The couple now have two children, four-year-old Dinah and Elliott, two, who cheered Stewart on at the weekend.

Stewart had been in training since January, but had not competed in athletics for more than 20 years.

Matt finished third in his age group while Stewart came fifth. Most importantly, the pair are closing in on their fundraising target of £1000.

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