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Dad inspires colleagues to saddle up for charity

08 May 2017 16:36:27
LKAB Minerals

A baby boy called Finn who needed expert care at Rotherham Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit during the first few weeks of his life inspired a fundraising cycle ride for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Little Finn Kaighin arrived four weeks early alongside his twin sister Mia on 3 December 2013. Despite him being a bundle of joy for his parents, Carl and Carla, Finn was rushed to hospital with suspected sepsis aged just two weeks old. He stopped breathing several times and spent two days on Rotherham’s Special Care Baby Unit, before being transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he spent his first Christmas

Now aged three Finn is a healthy and happy toddler, but his fight for life inspired his dad and fellow colleagues at LKAB Minerals to take part in an 88-mile charity cycle ride.

Carl, of Ravenfield in Rotherham, said: “We enjoyed two weeks at home as new parents with Finn and Mia when Finn’s health suddenly went drastically downhill and he was rushed into hospital. It was incredibly hard to see him so poorly and to have Mia at home without her brother, but if it wasn’t for the care and dedication of the nurses and doctors in those first few days on the Special Care Baby Unit, he wouldn’t be with us now. Everyone was amazing.

“The money has continued to roll in since our cycle challenge and it’s incredibly humbling to come back and say thank you. This was my way of showing how grateful my family and I are for the care Finn received. I hope the money will help fund projects to enhance the care for other poorly babies in future. It’s great to know it will really make a difference.”

The LKAB Minerals charity bike ride, which took place in September 2016, involved cycling 88 miles from the company’s Flixborough office in North Lincolnshire to their Head Office in Derby. The two-day event involved 30 employees and raised £997.66 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Carl, who has worked for the mineral processing company as a Technical Sales Manager for five years, added: “The cycle challenge was incredibly hard work but great fun. We experienced driving rain and wind on the first day and the gruelling Derbyshire hills on the second. We had 26 people cycling and four colleagues helping keep us all on track. Everyone completed the route and we’re really proud of our efforts.”

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Dr Ted appeal helps improve the quality of care for children provided by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. It also helps pay for the refurbishment of children’s facilities and provides fun and educational resources for children during their stay in hospital.

Alison Cowie, Matron for the Special Care Baby Unit, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Carl and his team at LKAB Minerals for fundraising for our Dr Ted appeal. We are looking to spend the money on equipment and home comforts for the Special Care Baby Unit in future.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity and how you can offer your support please visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/charity. You can also follow the charity on Twitter via @TRFT_Charity and donate money via JustGiving here - www.justgiving.com/rhcgc.

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