Hi, my name is Will and I thought I would share a little about my fundraising journey.
My mother has worked on a Neonatal unit in Gloucester for 31 years, so growing up I have always been aware of the importance and need for fundraising to help keep these fantastic units running.
NICUs carry out such amazing work and although they are funded by our amazing NHS, I know that many units require additional financial support to be able to provide babies and their parents with the best possible care. This is why I decided to carry out some of my own personal fundraising.
When deciding what I should do to fundraise for The NICU Foundation, there were a couple of events I wanted to take part in so after trying to weigh up which one to do, I eventually decided to do them both!
The first event I took part in was the Cheltenham Devil's Aquathlon which involved a 2km swim in Cheltenham Lido followed by a 10km run up Leckhampton Hill. This was definitely the hardest of the two events due the mixture of running and swimming. The swimming was completed in a wet suit due to the lido heating being turned off at that time of year but even then it was extremely cold. It was an absolutely fantastic feeling completing it and made that freezing water worth it!
The second event I took part in was the Stroud half marathon which was as much a mental endurance test as it was physical! The day of the race was the first time I had ever ran that distance so I was a little nervous I wouldn't make it. The support of everyone watching (and giving out Jelly Beans!) really pushed me to keep going and was exactly what I needed to cross that finish line.
After finishing my events and completing a final count of money raised, I was thrilled to have fund raised a total of £416.25. I absolutely loved the experience of fundraising, especially knowing that the money raised was going to such a great cause. It's definitely something I would love to do again in the future.
If you would like to fundraise for us, you can find out more about how to get involved and your donations can help on our fundraising page.