Northamptonshire man wins national Doting Dad award

Dan Rawson, with his son Toby and wife Natasha
Dan Rawson, with his son Toby and wife Natasha

A doting father has won a national award for his dedication to his wife and young son.

Daniel Rawson was nominated for the Bepanthen Doting Dad Award by his wife Natasha for the continual support he gave her during their difficult path to parenthood.

Now in its 20th year, the Tommy’s Awards recognise heroes of families who have been touched by pregnancy complications, or the loss of a baby.

Each year in the UK, one in four parents lose a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth; and 60,000 babies are born prematurely.

Natasha nominated Daniel to publicly acknowledge how much his support has meant over the past three years.

Together the couple have gone through pregnancy loss, the premature birth of their son at 32 weeks and grave risks to Natasha’s own well-being after she developed the condition pre-eclampsia.

She said: “I don’t know how I would’ve done it without Dan. He was our rock. He kept us going, he made us feel safe, he made us feel secure.

“I don’t know if he knows how much we needed him and how much it meant to me.”

Dan said: “I feel honoured to have received this award. It came as a great surprise. I thought I was only doing what anybody else would do.”

After Toby was born by emergency caesarean, Natasha was too ill to leave her bed for the next 27 hours, so Daniel split his time between caring for Natasha and visiting their son, bringing back new photos of Toby to share on the hour.

Natasha spent the next three weeks recovering in hospital while Toby was in neonatal care for four weeks.

During this time, Daniel, who lives in Ecton, followed a punishing schedule of getting up at 5am for work, visiting his wife and son for afternoon visiting hours, returning to work, visiting in the evening and continuing work again.

Toby is now 18 months old, and Dan and Toby enjoy a very special bond.

Jane Brewin, the chief executive of Tommy’s, said: “Natasha and Dan have been through so much together.

“The support and love that Dan showed Natasha and Toby is very moving and we are delighted to award him the Bepanthen Doting Dad Award.”

Tommy’s funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.