Cyclists’ 85-mile ride raises hundreds for Kettering General Hospital’s baby unit

The team who cycled 85 miles around Northamptonshire outside Kettering General Hospital at the end of the challenge
The team who cycled 85 miles around Northamptonshire outside Kettering General Hospital at the end of the challenge

A team of fundraising cyclists have raised hundreds of pounds for Kettering General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit by pedalling around the county.

The group, led by Paul Lingwood from Burton Latimer – whose son James was born almost three months premature in 2010 – cycled 85 miles, one mile for each day James spent in the 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

Both the youngster’s lungs collapsed and he also had problems with his kidneys and eyes. Four-year-old James, pictured below at less than a week old, is now doing well.

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

Starting from Digby Street in Kettering, the seven-person team made up of family and friends of Paul cycled to Oundle, Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, Raunds, Stanwick Lakes, Wellingborough, Pitsford Water and Brampton Valley, before finishing at the hospital.

The event took place on Saturday, June 7.

The venture has so far raised more than £800 for the SCBU, and the online fundraising page is still open for another three weeks. To donate, click here.