Every day the tiny babies and families on our neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital face a marathon journey.
But now the consultant neonatologists and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners who treat them are embarking on a half marathon of their own to raise vital funds.
Vrinda Nair, Sian Oldham, Kath Noble, Prashant Mallya, Prakash Loganathan, Shalabh Garg and Janakiraman Sundaram have teamed up to tackle this year’s Great North Run and are aiming to hit a target of £2,500.
Some of the team are new to running, others have never run a race before, but they are all determined to give it their best shot. Trainers have been bought – or dusted off – and the training plan has now begun.
Shalabh said: “We are doing it for the babies. Their parents do so much for the charity so we thought we should do something as well.
“We wanted to push ourselves and a lot of us have never run a race before, not even a 5k.”
Kath said: “Recent months have seen our neonatal unit expand and care for a greater number of babies than ever before.
“We are fundraising to provide those “little extras” that help our sick, vulnerable babies and their families. This might be equipment, resources for families or education for staff. It all helps.
“We are doing the Great North Run by choice. Our babies and their families haven’t got a choice if they are born preterm, sick or small. Let’s try together to make it a better experience.”