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Sporting heroes fundraise for First Touch NNU in Tooting!

Sporting heroes fundraise for First Touch NNU in Tooting!


Sarah Collins of First Touch NNU in Tooting on the amazing fundraisers who are running, swimming and cycling for the charity – and how you can get involved!

“A Summer of Sport” many people call it. And certainly a lot of our super supporters use sporting challenges as a way of raising cash for First Touch. 

On Sunday, baby Lexi's dad joined thousands of other keen riders and cycled Ride London, raising £550. On the same weekend, Tom Atkinson ran 100 miles in two days in an ultra-marathon along the North Downs Way in honour of his friends' daughter Rosie who spent five months at our neonatal unit. Tom raised an incredible £2,048.

Further afield, triathlete Jen Johnson raised £2,166 in Ripon, North Yorkshire, when she swam, cycled and ran in memory of her precious niece, Isabella. And closer to home our team of six Asics London 10K runners jointly raised £3,492. This means that a magnificent £5,658 is being added to our £52,000 target to fund two state-of-the-art BabyLeo incubators.

If you'd like to join our running team, we have an unexpected spare place for The Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday October 13th, as a team member has had to drop out. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £75 towards the price we pay for the place, and a pledge to raise a minimum of £275 in sponsorship. We have twelve other runners in the team, and we provide a running vest or T-shirt to all our runners. Please email us if you'd like to apply or to find out more. Full details of the half marathon and the route can be found here.

Most of the money our supporters raise is used for medical equipment and family support at the neonatal unit, but we also fund specialist nurse training and research. Recently we have had a number of requests for training courses in London and Southampton and we believe that this is a vital investment in staff which will enhance the care that babies and families receive at St George's. It also shows our commitment to and respect for the truly inspirational neonatal nursing staff. When families get in touch with us when their baby has left neonatal care, it is often a nurse or group of nurses that they particularly remember from their stay, and to whom they wish to pay tribute. 

As ever, massive thanks to all our supporters and families. Have a wonderful August!

To find out more, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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