North Petherton runner raises thousands for Musgrove

This is The West Country: MICK, Louise and baby Samuel present the charity cheque for an amazing £7,500 to ward manager Sue Spooner. MICK, Louise and baby Samuel present the charity cheque for an amazing £7,500 to ward manager Sue Spooner.

A CHARITY runner from North Petherton has completed an epic journey along the Jurassic coastline to raise thousands for Musgrove Park Hospital.

Mick Daniels managed to raise a staggering £7,566 for Love Musgrove and the NICU department, which had helped to save his prematurely-born son, Samuel.

The couple presented the cheque to ward manager Sue Spooner at Musgrove Park Hospital which will help thousands more who will endure problems such as premature births.

Mick said: “Samuel was born ten weeks premature and within days of being in the unit, we vowed we would do a fundraiser to raise funds for this fantastic unit, full of dedicated highly professional staff who helped us through a very stressful time.”

Both Mick and wife Louise didn’t realise the support they would receive until they saw the total amount raised from the charity challenge.

He said: “Our aim was to raise £5,000 so we were blown away by the response and total of over £7,500. We had donations from friends, family, work colleagues and even strangers as we appealed to various social media sites and a large number of my customers.

“For the challenge I luckily had my brother, Steve, to accompany me and help me through the four months of training on the Quantocks in the winter months.

“The actual event was harder than expected as we thought the Quantocks were hilly until we tackled the Jurassic coastline.

“Over the three days we had constant support from family and friends that helped us through and as the weeks go by the challenge feels easy now.”

If you would like to donate to Love Musgrove visit their JustGiving page at justgiving.com/LoveMusgrove

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