October 31 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A post office worker will walk a marathon to raise money for the hospital department which looked after his baby daughter.
On Saturday, May 10, Andy Costell, of Doddington, and his friend Brett Riley will walk a 26-mile circular route from Doddington to March, Christchurch, Manea, Chatteris and then back to Doddington.
Andy’s daughter Nevaeh was born in March with heavy jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by a build up of a substance called bilirubin in the blood and tissues of the body.
The common treatment for jaundice is photo therapy, the process of using light waves to eliminate bilirubin in the blood, but Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon does not have a photo therapy machine.
Luckily, the hospital was able to borrow a machine and provide Nevaeh with four days of double photo therapy to treat her jaundice.
Mr Costall wants to raise £3,000, which would enable Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s maternity department to buy its own photo therapy machine.
He said: “We discovered the department did not own its own machine, it has to borrow or rent one, so we wanted to give something back – which means we need £3,000 to buy the machine.
“The staff at the hospital are out of this world. They are fantastic. The care they provide is top notch.
“They looked after Nevaeh like it was their own daughter. We want to give back to them and raise the money so they no longer have to borrow a machine.”
About £800 has been donated already and Mr Costall hopes more will be raised through a raffle, which will include merchandise from Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, who is the brother of his partner Beth Crook.
Anyone who would like to donate to the cause can sign the sponsorship form on the counter at Doddington Post Office. Any messages of support will also be appreciated.