200 Mile Challenge

A Shropshire father is running 200 miles in just one month to raise funds for the neonatal unit which cared for his extremely premature daughter.

Poppy Richards was born at just 24 weeks gestation in 2010. Weighing only 1lb 7oz, she was critically ill and unable to breathe unaided. Although the outlook was bleak, the Neonatal Unit took amazing care of her during her 100 day stay there. Thanks to that amazing level of care, Poppy is approaching her 3rd birthday and is a picture of health.

To thank the neonatal unit at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital, her parents set up a fundraising initiative called ‘Support Our Miracles’ which raises money and awareness for the unit. The money raised will go to improving care and facilities for sick babies, their parents and siblings when the unit moves to Telford in 2014.

The neonatal unit cares for sick and premature babies from all over Shropshire and Powys.

In the next fundraising activity, Poppy’s father Andy will take part in a 200 mile running challenge, covering the distance in just one month. Activities include the 50 mile Long Mynd Hike, The Great North Run and many lone and accompanied runs (all progress tracked and uploaded with Map My Run).

If you would like to support the neonatal unit, you can sponsor by visiting  www.justgiving.com/Support-Our-Miracles.

You can also like them on Facebook and keep up to date with fundraising activities and progress. www.facebook.com/supportourmiracles200 Mile


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