Uncle is inspired by newborn nephew to take on charity challenge
6:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in Bolton
AN UNCLE whose newborn nephew had to be given life-saving treatment when he was born will run The Great North Run to raise funds for a children’s charity.
Mike Haywood, from Bolton, will take part in the half marathon on Sunday September 15 in aid of MedEquip4Kids.
He will run alongside his brother Charlie, father to Joe, the baby who received treatment.
When Joe, now aged two, was born in Lancaster in September 2010, he was deprived of oxygen and had to be transferred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
His brain was cooled to prevent damage and his parents were warned there was a 50 per cent chance of permanent problems.
With the aid of hospital equipment, after three days Joe was healthy.
Now, Mr Haywood wants to help save other children’s lives.
He said: “I decided to take part in the Great North Run for MedEquip4Kids this year because the charity has a special place in our family’s hearts.
“My little nephew Joe's life was saved by medical equipment similar to that which MedEquip4Kids supplies to children's hospitals.”
Charlie paid tribute to the technological advancement in hospitals, which he said saved his young son’s life.
He added: “We feel very lucky that Joe was born when he was — a few years earlier and his life may have taken a very different path.”
Sarah Suthers, community fundraiser for MedEquip4Kids, said: “We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received from all the Haywood family and The Bradshaw Gass Trust and we wish Mike and Charlie the best of luck in the Great North Run.”
To sponsor Mike, visit justgiving.com/michael-haywood.
Registration for the BUPA Great Manchester 10k Run in May 2014 is now open.
To register visit medequip4kids.org.uk or call 0161 7981600.
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