A TruGreen businessman from Gloucester, Mike Simmonds, is walking 37 miles to help raise money for two hospitals that looked after his Son, who was born prematurely.
Mike is aiming to raise £5,000 to split between the Special Care Baby Unit of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital following the outstanding care his son received after being born premature at just 27 weeks.
Friends and family will be joining in with the walk, which is due to take place on Saturday 19th May and will start from St Micheal’s Hospital in Bristol to Gloucester Hospital.
Albert Michael Simmonds, known as “Bertie” was born on Saturday 9th December at 27 weeks and weighed just 2lbs 6oz. He spent 8 days in Bristol and then moved to Intensive Care at Gloucester Hospital Neonatal Unit.
Dad, Mike said: “Everyone involved in Bertie’s care has been fantastic and looked after him wonderfully. He is now 4 months old, and a healthy, happy little boy.
“In a time where the NHS gets its fair share of criticism, we want to applaud the magnificent work they have done for us as a family and give something back to show our appreciation.
“On behalf of my wife Sophie and eldest son Charlie, thank you very much to our friends and family who have been fantastic and supported us.
Also, massive thanks to Gloucester Hospital Maternity, Gloucester Hospital Neonatal Unit, The Nest Team, St.Michaels’ Neonatal Unit in Bristol and Cots for Tots.”
Those wishing to donate can do so, by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MikeSimmonds3