Craig takes up the gauntlet for tiny tots

Posted on in Fundraising, Hospitals

Intrepid Craig Robinson, 39 from Boldon is really pushing himself to the limit to help tiny poorly and premature babies and their families.

Craig, a PE teacher at Thorp Academy in Gateshead is braving a number of challenges to raise money for the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough which cared for his son Harry, who was born prematurely at 10 weeks and two days in 2008.

Harry was cared for by the dedicated staff at James Cook for five days before being transferred to South Shields special care baby unit.

Craig said: “The care Harry received during the first five days was incredible. They are such devoted staff and being first time parents it could have been so much scarier than it was.  They were excellent with us too, supporting and constantly communicating with us and getting us involved in simple things such as cleaning and changing him. “

“I strongly believe that without this exceptional level of care and expertise babies such as Harry would not live to tell the tale. I know for some  there is no happy ending which makes me determined to give something back to the hospital, not only for all they did for Harry and us his parents, but for all they continue to do, day in, day out to care for these tiny lives.”

Already off to a flying start with the Blaydon Race – a 5.7mile athletics race from Newcastle to Blaydon – under his belt, Craig is planning to take part in another two events as part of his fundraising marathon.

His next is Total Warrior in the Lake District on Sunday 2 August 2015.   Craig is doing the most extreme 10 mile challenge, billed as the toughest 10 mile race on earth.

His final challenge is the Great North Run, the 13.1 mile half marathon from Gateshead to South Shields on Sunday 13 September 2015.

Suzi Campbell from South Tees Hospitals Charity said: “We wish Craig all the very best and hope people will support him. We much appreciate him helping the unit so we can continue to provide good facilities for parents and babies who will benefit in the future. “

If anyone would like to sponsor him they can make a donation on his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Craig-Robinson76 or you can text CROB76 to 70070 to automatically donate £3.