July 31, 2019
Brothers cycle 21 miles for King's Lynn NICU
Two brothers peddled their way to raising over £1,000 for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn's NICU.
Lincoln (9), and Swaley Douglas (7) wanted to thank the QEH for looking after their little brother Chase (3), who spent the first few weeks of his life in intensive care.
Lincoln also spent a week in NICU after he was born at 34 weeks' gestation and came up with the idea of biking from their home in Tydd St Giles to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital to raise funds as a thank you to the team. He says: "It took us just under two hours – we hardly stopped! My legs really ached by the time we got to the finish."
The boys, who cycled the 21 miles alongside their mother Roxy and a group of cyclist friends, raised £1,050 for the unit.
All three brothers presented the cheque to the NICU team on Chase's birthday on 17 June.
Clare Booth, Sister on NICU ward, accepted the cheque on behalf of the unit. She says: "What a fantastic effort to cycle all that way. We are so grateful for the donation – what a cracking job the boys have done."
NICU Ward Manager Paula Bettinson adds: "In the past we have used donations to fund courses for our nurses such as infant feeding or cranial ultrasound training. I'm hoping to use this particular donation to fund neonatal life support courses for four nurses; these courses enhance our skills and knowledge enabling us to continue to deliver high standards of quality care."