Pedalling for special care babies

Sponsored cycle ride for QEH SCBU, LtoR, Wayne Garner, Liam Dennis(11), Marcy Garner (11), Nigel Dennis'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto''NB'The youngsters both born early at SCBU, will be riding the final stretch to the QEH
Sponsored cycle ride for QEH SCBU, LtoR, Wayne Garner, Liam Dennis(11), Marcy Garner (11), Nigel Dennis'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto''NB'The youngsters both born early at SCBU, will be riding the final stretch to the QEH

TWO grateful dads are putting pedal power to good use this summer when they undertake a sponsored cycle ride from Leverington to Hunstanton in aid of a hospital’s special care baby unit.

Wayne Garner and Nigel Dennis, who met when their children were both born prematurely and had to spend time in the SCBU at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, are joining forces to raise money as a thank-you for the care given to their youngsters.

Nigel explained they lost touch after the children were discharged from hospital but met up again about four years ago, by chance, when Wayne was running a bag pack at a Wisbech supermarket for a local youth football team.

Nigel asked about signing his son Liam up to play.

“Wayne asked me how old he was and I said you should know he was in the SCBU with your daughter Marcy,” said Nigel.

Both children, who are now aged 11, have grown up fit and healthy despite their worrying start - Liam was born 12 weeks early weighing just 2lbs 14ozsand had to spend over 27 weeks in hospital until he was well enough to go home.

Wayne came up with the idea of doing the cycle ride after meeting up with Nigel again and seeing how strong and healthy their children now are.

They are planning to cycle from Leverington Sports and Social Club to Hunstanton on July 1, with Liam and Marcy joining in for the last mile and are looking for sponsorship. Forms will be available shortly.