Cycle ride supports ‘amazing’ Kettering General Hospital baby unit

James Lingwood was born nearly three months early at Kettering General Hospital in 2010
James Lingwood was born nearly three months early at Kettering General Hospital in 2010
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A group of seven cyclists will be pedalling around the county tomorrow (Saturday, June 7) in a bid to raise thousands for the Special Care Baby Unit at Kettering General Hospital.

James Lingwood spent 85 days in the unit after being born almost three months premature – and now the fundraising group are cycling 85 miles this Saturday, one mile for each day he was in the department.

James Lingwood, four, was born prematurely at KGH and spent 85 days in the Special Care Baby Unit. Friends and family are now doing a sponsored bike ride for the SCBU

James Lingwood, four, was born prematurely at KGH and spent 85 days in the Special Care Baby Unit. Friends and family are now doing a sponsored bike ride for the SCBU

James, who is now four, was born weighing 2lb 4oz and suffered two collapsed lungs. He also had problems with his kidneys, lungs and eyes among other things.

Dad Paul, from Burton Latimer, said: “In all James stayed in SCBU for a total of 85 days, during which time he and my wife and I received the most amazing support and care from the doctors and nursing staff.”

The group starts in Kettering at 6am travelling to Oundle, Raunds, Wellingborough, Pitsford Water and finishing at the hospital at about 8pm.

To donate to the SCBU appeal, click here.