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Whilst taking on the personal challenge of running the London marathon, I am also using this as an opportunity on behalf of my wife and I to show our personal appreciation to all of the staff at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital (Royal Alex) and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) for all they have done for our son Noah and amazing work they do in looking after sick children from across Sussex and beyond.
Noah was born on 22 August 2017 and whilst he has only been around for a few months he has been a regular guest at the Royal Alex in this time.
Having been born 5 weeks premature Noah was admitted to the neonatal (TMBU) where he received one to one 24 hour care for the first week of his life until he was strong enough to come home.
On 21 September 2017 Noah was rushed to the Royal Alex having been reluctant to feed and generally not being himself. Without knowing exactly what the problem was, Noah received immediate emergency treatment to stabilize him before being admitted to a specialist intensive care unit in London where he was to spend the next week before returning to the Royal Alex where he would spend another week whilst recovering from his ordeal. Informed by a series of tests whilst in intensive care, we discovered that Noah had contracted Meningitis.
Fortunately for us, Noah has since made a full recovery and is showing no signs of lasting damage.
Simply put, had we not been fortunate enough to have the Royal Alexandra in our locality and if not for the immediate care he received from the amazing staff Noah might not have been so lucky.
Just when we thought we had seen the last of a hospital for a while, Noah picked up bronchiolitis and we were back in the Royal Alex for a further week before Christmas.
As you can see we owe the Royal Alex and its staff a lot and whilst we could never fully repay them, the very least I can do is raise some much needed funds to ensure that they can continue their great work.
The Rockinghorse Children's Charity are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital where they raise money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment. They also support the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU). They do not receive government funding and rely on the continued support from charitable donations, individuals, community groups and trusts.
The TMBU is a specialist department for the care of premature and sick new-born babies where over 600 babies are treated every year.
For 2018 all funds raised will be going to the TMBU to pay for new digital radiography equipment that will allow doctors to take X-rays of preterm babies at a lower radiation and get instant X-ray images.
For more information please visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk