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Grant Hathaway

FUNDRAISING ON HOLD DUE TO INJURY

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][img]https://i.imgur.com/V0wDAOF.jpg?2[/img][/p][p]**Update July 2019** - Please note due to injury I will now be running next years race in 2020. Still fundraising between now and then. I will be updating the page soon. Thanks, Grant [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]I am taking on a running challenge to raise money for Little Roo the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey and also the National Deaf Children's Society.[/b][/p][p]On July 13th 2019 I will be running an 100km ultra marathon, Dixon's car phone race to the stones. This is an 100km route along the Ridgeway to the Avebury Stone Circle. Some people do the route non-stop, others will stay overnight at the halfway point in the base camp, I've opted to do it non stop! Its 62 miles the equivalent of two and a half marathons. [/p][p]My brother has agreed to run the race with me. We will train together as much as possible, and share this experience through the inevitable highs and lows! [/p][p]The training runs will vary from 10km to 20 miles, with the odd marathon thrown in! Keeping short runs fast but slowing down the longer runs to clock up the hours, padding out the distance. Forgetting the miles and focusing on time on my feet. When I'm seven hours into the 100k and running at 12 minute-miles hopefully my feet will thank me for it! [/p][p]Why am I doing this?[/p][p]There is no way that I can fully articulate everything the NICU staff at St Peter's hospital did for our son and for us. [/p][p]At our 28 week routine midwife appointment we were referred to St Peters hospital for an immediate scan, the consultant told us our baby wasn't well and needed to be delivered. 90 minutes later on 1st February 2018, our son Blair was born by emergency C section 12 weeks early weighing just 1lb 8oz (694 grams).[/p][p]Blair was premature, and very small. His outcome was always uncertain. The staff were honest yet hopeful, while never giving us false hope. [/p][p]During our NICU stay, our son was seen by dozens of doctors. If you were to walk in the room during rounds on a typical day, you would have found four or five doctors huddled around his tiny body reviewing his charts. They discussed his condition throughout the night, their opinions on his treatment, and how he was responding. [/p][p][img]https://i.imgur.com/mRFvZK2.jpg?2[/img][/p][p]Our son needed 24/7 intensive care, his NICU nurse rarely left his side and tended to our son while the doctors planned for his care for the next 24 hours.[/p][p]I couldn't believe it was possible for a live baby to be so small, and so red. Blair weighed the same as two thirds of a bag of sugar. We were encouraged to open the incubator doors, put our hands in and touch our baby. At day 1 we got Blair out for cuddles, they encouraged skin to skin to help us bond with our baby. [/p][p]For the first few days we were in a state of shock, this wasn't how we envisaged having our first baby would be like. [/p][p]The nurses we're on hand to support us, they taught us to make the most of every day with Blair. To take photos, to read to him, to touch him as much as possible. We were all happier when he was happy. [/p][p][img]https://i.imgur.com/oUr4lhp.jpg?1[/img][/p][p]They helped us to feel like a 'proper' mummy and daddy as much as possible. We were shown how to change a nappy through the portholes without getting tangled in all the wires and what all the monitors readings and noises meant. [/p][p]The nurses and doctors always took time to explain things, and there was never such a thing as a silly question. [/p][p]After 9 long weeks at hospital, Blair was discharged and we were able to take him home. He is doing extremely well. [/p][p][img]https://i.imgur.com/10alhBL.jpg?1[/img][/p][p]Our son would not be here without the amazing care he received from the NICU staff at St Peter's hospital in Chertsey. They save a lot of lives in a given year and as a thank you to all of the team at St. Peter's NICU we are aiming to raise as much money for them as we can, so they can continue to help babies like Blair. [/p][p]Before Blair was discharged from St. Peters hospital he had a newborn hearing screening test and was referred to Guildford Royal Surrey hospital for further tests. The results came back that Blair had severe to profound hearing loss and was diagnosed with sensorineural for which there is no medical cure. We were told our options are hearing aids or cochlear implants, after hearing this news we felt terrified, bewildered and afraid for the future. [/p][p]At 4 months old Blair was fitted with hearing aids and is responding to them well, we have had huge support from Royal Surrey hospital and St Georges hospital and have regular home visits. [/p][p]Thanks to the specialist support and advice we have received we know we are not alone and that Blair has a positive future ahead of him. [/p][p]By donating, we can help give even more children with a hearing impairment the support they need right from the start, and look forward to a future without barriers. [/p][p]All money raised will be split equally between the two charities, don't forget to choose 'Gift Aid' when donating![/p][p]Blair's hearing treatment is ongoing but over a year on now, he's a happy and healthy boy, meeting many milestones and is developing incredibly well. [/p][p]Thank you for reading.[/p][p][img]https://i.imgur.com/QmWGD7T.jpg?1[/img][/p][p][img][/img][img][/img][/p]
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May 28, 2019

Fishing boys

Charity fishing weekend - Fundraising event Donations by: Wives , Deano, Ballen, Diggy, Nash, Gallen, Tolly, Tbayne, Healy

£500.00 plus £125.00 Gift Aid

May 13, 2019

Anonymous

Well done Grant!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 8, 2019

Greg Stabler

Good luck Grant & Craig!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 6, 2019

Richard and Laura

Hoping you both smash it mate

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 6, 2019

Heidi Dean and Mabel

Good luck mate 👍

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019

Mum and Dad

You can do it So proud of you Mum & Dad

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019

charlie

grant good luck with yours and craig's run. A fantastic cause. Charlie and Pat

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 6, 2019

Anonymous

Good luck Grant & Craig with lots of love and luck from Grandad, Auntie Wendy, Auntie Sally, Auntie Tracey & co.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 1, 2019

Gemma Thompson

£10.00

Apr 1, 2019

Dean Horne

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid