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Riders raise cash for baby unit

Eight riders completed the 112-mile course to raise money for the Royal Derby Hospital's NICU.

Eight riders completed the 112-mile course to raise money for the Royal Derby Hospital's NICU.

 

A Somercotes mum whose son spent the first month of his life in the Royal Derby Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) organised a fundraising cycle ride to say ‘thank you’.

Leah Skermer’s son, Rupert Bacon, was born five weeks early with lung problems on 9th May. He contracted an infection which required a long course of antibiotics and received life-saving care from the NICU staff.

Eight riders completed the 112-mile bike ride on Sunday 17th August, which set off from Leah’s home in Somercotes, passed through Oakham where her sister was born and the Royal Derby NICU, before finishing off at the Red Lion in Riddings.

Leah said: “Rupert was in Derby NICU for 26 days. This was a difficult time for us but the staff on the unit were amazing. They gave us so much support and we knew that Rupert was in the best hands.

“Thankfully Rupert is home now and doing well but we are aware of other babies who had a much longer stay at the NICU under the high level of care provided by the staff.

“As a thank you to all of their help and support in that tough time we organised a sponsored bike ride. The funds raised are going to the NICU, through Kate Repton’s charity, the Friends of the Baby Unit.”

The Red Lion hosted a barbecue, raffle and a band, which raised an extra £500. Leah says the total is currently over £3,000 but is still growing.

If you would like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Leah-skermer/

And you can also donate via text: RGRB88 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.

The Friends of the Baby Unit was established 38 years ago, in 1976, to raise money for equipment for use in the intensive care of preterm and sick newborn babies being cared for on the unit at The Royal Derby Hospital. Over £1.1 m has so far been raised.

 

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