The neonatal team at The James Cook University Hospital are pulling on their running shoes to tackle the 2014 BUPA Great North Run.Having witnessed some fantastic fundraising efforts over the past years, Dr Win Tin, Dr Andrew Villis, Sian Oldham, Sue Thompson, Caroline Buckley, Irene Redpath and Lynne Paterson have decided it’s their turn to raise money for the Middlesbrough unit and are gearing up for the 13.1 mile course on Sunday 7 September.
Neonatal nurse consultant Lynne Paterson said: “We work together as a bunch of ordinary colleagues who have witnessed some extraordinary things both in our work and also in the people that we meet.
“Some of those people do marvellous things to raise money for our unit but there are also some people who we don’t know and who we have never met who show us such amazing kindness by raising money; often under very sad and difficult circumstances.
“We thought that it was our turn to put something back into the unit.
“Every penny we raise will be used to purchase equipment for our babies, go towards education for our staff and also enable us to try to make the journey for the parents of sick and preterm babies that little bit easier.
“Training has been hard for most of us but run, jog, walk or crawl – we will all make it to the very end!”
The neonatal unit at James Cook includes intensive care and high dependency facilities and cares for around 400 sick and premature infants every year.
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