20th Feb, 2020

Dad jumps in saddle to support hospital which delivered his premature daughter

Laura Kearns 27th May, 2018

A DAD who wanted to give something back to the hospital which helped deliver his daughter is taking on a marathon bike ride.

Keith and Jenny James from Kineton welcomed Evelyn into the world six weeks premature in 2016.

She was cared for on Warwick Hospital’s special care baby unit.

And to support the hospital, which is currently building a midwife led unit onsite, Keith is taking on a 100 mile bike ride across the Cotswolds on August 18. It will see him visit eight different breweries, pubs and distilleries.

All money raised will go towards the hospital’s Birth and Babies appeal, which aims to raise £200,000 towards the unit. The donations will help pay for enhancements which do not come as standard on the NHS, such as birthing pools for each room.

Keith – who is hoping to raise £500 – said: “Evelyn was in so much of a rush to meet us that she was born six weeks premature. We were extremely fortunate with the care and attention that Warwick Hospital and the special care baby unit gave us during this time.

“This bike challenge combines the two things I enjoy, beer and cycling – although I think will save the beer until the end.”

Along with cycling across the Cotswolds, Keith will also be putting on a raffle in July with prizes including tickets for Warwick Castle, cinema tickets and passes for Charlecote Park.

He is calling on businesses interested in donating prizes towards the raffle to get in touch.

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/evies-cotswold-brewery-cycle to donate or contact Keith about raffle prizes.

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