Rebecca and Tom Howe

Fundraiser for James Cook Neo Natal Unit in memory of Jack Howe

Fundraising for South Tees Hospitals Charity
raised of £15,000 target
by 295 supporters
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In memory of Jack Howe
We are the official charity of the Neonatal Unit at James Cook Hospital. Your generous donations help the many babies and their families who come to our hospital for treatment and care, making their experience the best it possibly can be.


Together, with friends and family, we are raising money for life saving equipment for premature babies at James Cook Neo Natal Unit at Middlesbrough by completing a variety of challenges over 2023 in memory of our son Jack. 

Thank you in advance to each and every one of you that will be supporting us.

Tom, Rebecca & Jack’s little brother Max

Our Story

We welcomed our first son Jack into the world in June 2020 at 24 weeks into pregnancy. Jack fought bravely, and we are so thankful to have had 5 days with him, unfortunately he wasn't ready for this world so we sadly had to say goodbye. During our precious time together, we were able to cuddle him, hold his hand and see his responses to our touch and sounds. The memories that we made during his time at Middlesbrough will last forever. 

The unit were incredible, and we can’t thank them enough for their expertise in trying to save Jack’s life, and the support they gave us as parents.

Cumbria doesn’t have the specialist care & equipment needed for such young, premature babies so we were transferred to the nearest hospital that had availability which was Middlesbrough. Their Neo Natal ward had the intensive care/high dependency incubator cots that we needed, and luckily one was available for Jack. Here, they carried out respiratory support and other intensive therapies to try and save Jack’s life. Alongside the temperature controlled incubator, the staff use a variety of lifesaving equipment and medication. Some rare, specialist equipment can also be shared between hospitals. Whilst we were in their care the ward organised some of this specialist equipment to be transferred from Newcastle to Middlesbrough to try and help Jack.

We are raising funds for lifesaving equipment to be placed at James Cook Hospital to help families and their premature babies. 


4th March: Cockermouth FC Fundraiser

Special thanks to Mike Brelsford, Simon Taylor & Cockermouth FC

11th March: Team XIII Club Charity Ride & Virtual Race Night 

Special thanks to Paul Morgan & Team XIII

15th April: Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge (24 miles, 1600m ascent in under 12 hours) 

Rebecca & Gemma Ford

*completed 25 miles in 9 hours 15 mins* 

23rd April: London Marathon


*completed in 3 hours 26 mins*

27th April-4th May: 10k Challenge (running 7 consecutive 10k’s in one week) 

Martin Howe (Jacks Grandad) 


23rd May: Hay O Trail (6k Multi Terrain race)

Special thanks to Derwent Athletic Club

28th May: Edinburgh Marathon


*completed in 4 hours 54 minutes*

31st May: Coast 2 Coast in 1 day (cycling 140 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth)

Tom & Chris Gray 


10th June: Great North Swim (1 mile in Lake Windermere) 

Hilary Royston Bishop

*completed in 53 minutes*

18th June: Lakesman Half (1.2 mile swim, 56 miles & 13.1 miles run) 

Nina Galloni, Richard Downey & Hannah Reeson


24th June: Ride to the Sun (Cycling 100 miles to Edinburgh through the night, arriving by sunrise) 

Lisa Jackson


28th June: M-Sport 5k

Special thanks to Rich Millener & M-Sport and Mark Likeman & Timing up North

1st July: Cockermouth FC Past v Present Match 

Special thanks to Shane Smith, Regan Tinnion, Mike Brelsford, Simon Taylor & Cockermouth FC 

15th July: Golf Competition - Texas Scramble 

Special thanks Cockermouth Golf Club

16th July: Tri Lakeland Fundraiser 

Swim, Bike and Run on the hour every hour for 8 hours as a team effort. 

Special thanks to Tri Lakeland & Bassenthwaite Lake Station

30th September: Ullswater Way

Rebecca, Liz Watson, Lisa Jackson & Amy Robson 

Cross Fit World Record Attempt (Hero WOD Grace on 10 separate Wainwright summits) 

Tom & Luke Reeson 

Special thanks to Luke Reeson & Lake District Barbell

Date to be confirmed 

About the campaign

We are the official charity of the Neonatal Unit at James Cook Hospital. Your generous donations help the many babies and their families who come to our hospital for treatment and care, making their experience the best it possibly can be.

About the charity

We are the official charity of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, helping our NHS go further at The James Cook University Hospital, Friarage Hospital and community health services across Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Hambleton & Richmondshire. We help our local NHS go further!

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