Chase, Lincoln and Swaley Douglas with Clare Booth of NICU.

Thank you for saving brother

Two boys aged just nine and seven got on their bike to thank and raise money for the hospital that saved their little brother’s life.

Lincoln (9) and Swaley (7) Douglas cycled the 21 miles from their Tydd St Giles home to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn where sibling Chase (3) spent the first few weeks of his life in intensive care after being born six weeks premature weighing just 6lbs.

The brothers’ cycle ride alongside their mum Roxy Douglas raised £1,050 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Lincoln said: “It took us just under two hours – we hardly stopped! My legs really ached by the time we got to the finish!”

All three brothers presented the cheque to the NICU team on Chase’s birthday (June 17).

Clare Booth, Sister on NICU ward, accepted the cheque on behalf of the unit. She said: “What a fantastic effort to cycle all that way! We are so grateful for the donation – what a cracking job the boys have done!”

Mum Roxy said: “I’m so proud of my boys for raising the money.

“The team at NICU does an amazing job and we are so grateful for everything they have done for our boys.

“It was really special to donate the money on Chase’s birthday too so the staff could see how far he’d come.”

The money raised will be used towards latest technology and equipment or specialist training courses for nurses.

NICU ward manager, Paula Bettinson, said: “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.”

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