Dad half way through 100,000m challenge for NICU



Tiny Oliver Charlie Perrins was born at just 29 weeks, weighing 2lb 13 ounces. After 81 days spent in the Neonatal Unit he finally went home. His dad Antony is now halfway through his 10x 10k race challenge. He is raising vital funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Royal Stoke University Hospital where Oliver was cared for.

Antony said: “All the staff on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have been amazing and without all of their help and support we wouldn’t have our little miracle with us today. We were delighted that after 81 days in hospital we finally had Oliver home and we can start our lives as a family at home together. As a small way of thanking all of the staff at Royal Stoke NICU I’d like to give something back, by raising money to developmental care boundaries and muslin bunnies make the baby’s stay in NICU a more comfortable experience.”

Lynn Keilty Woolcock, Neonatal Unit Matron, said: “We are very lucky to receive fantastic support from UHNM Charity and the many fundraisers who have helped equip our unit with some fantastic facilities for our patients and their families. It’s brilliant that little Oliver has been able to go home after his time on the unit. I would like to thank Antony for his on-going efforts and all the staff on the unit are cheering him on. We are very grateful for Antony’s support, which will benefit other patients and their families during their stay.”

Adela Appleby, Head of UHNM Charity, said: “Antony is one of our many inspirational fundraisers and I can’t thank him enough for his continued support and dedication towards supporting UHNM Charity and the Neo-Natal Unit. These funds will help provide vital equipment that will improve the experience of the babies and their families on the unit. Even though it’s a really tough challenge, I’ve got no doubt that Antony will be successful and we’ll be supporting and encouraging him 100% throughout his journey.”

Antony has so far raised over £500 in his five races to date and has five more to go at various locations across Staffordshire, including; 24 June in Stone, 3 July in Berryhill, 5 August in Cannock Chase, 23 September in Stafford and 7 October at Katherine House.