Ride 4 Rupert nets £27,000 for Southmead NICU

Thursday, 14 February 2013

A dad from Clevedon has cycled from North Germany to Bristol to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital.

Steve and Bonny Fox’s son Rupert was born in September 2011 with Down’s syndrome and soon after his arrival was rushed to NICU due to problems with his heart. He stayed there for two weeks before being allowed home. 

Steve says the dedication of the NICU team saved his son’s life and to thank them for their hard work he and a friend decided to undertake the 750 mile cycle ride so they could provide the department with a new Draeger Caleo incubator.

The pair undertook their mammoth week-long journey in June last year and started from Draeger’s headquarters in Luebeck, Germany.

Steve says: “We were extremely passionate about this and wanted to give something back to the hospital and the staff whilst also acknowledging the Draeger technology that helped save my son’s life.”

In addition to the money raised for the incubator, Draeger have very kindly donated a monitor to the unit that can check on jaundice levels in the blood stream of babies without actually having to take a blood sample. In total the amount raised for the NICU comes to £27,000.

Gill Taylor, Matron at the NICU, said: “We are really grateful to Steve and Chris for raising the money for a new incubator and Draeger for providing us with the funds to buy the new monitor - they will make such a difference to the care we can offer premature and poorly babies at Southmead Hospital.”