Local Resident's Mission for Bliss

March 21, 2012 3:25 PM

Local Resident, Mike Rankine, was recently joined by Tom Brake MP on one of his regular training sessions as part of his preparation for running the London marathon in aid of Bliss. During the run the pair exchanged experiences and thoughts of their time fundraising for Bliss, the special care baby charity, which provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.

Mike first became aware of Bliss when his daughter, Chloe, was born 4 weeks early. She had breathing difficulties and spent two weeks in special care between St. Helier & Epsom hospitals. Bliss supported the family through what was a difficult time and Mike resolved to fundraise for the charity in the hope that they could offer the same level of care to other families in similar positions.

Mike said: "I'm really grateful to the staff at the special care baby unit at St. Helier who provided such excellent care for my daughter. By running the London marathon I hope I can raise some money, so that other families can receive the same level of support."

Tom Brake said: "Listening to Mike's experiences really brought home to me the importance of the work Bliss undertake for so many families. The Marathon will be a huge challenge but, with Mike's sponsorship already topping £1000, I'm sure it will make a big difference."

To sponsor Mike's marathon challenge, visit, http://www.justgiving.com/cpfcmike , where you can also find out more about how Bliss is campaigning for babies to receive the best possible level of care regardless of when and where they are born.

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