400 mile cycle for TinyLife

Geoff wanted to set himself a personal challenge to raise funds for TinyLife as just two years ago his baby son Mark was born at 27 weeks, weighing 1lb 1oz.

Geoff takes up the story ' My wife Catriona and new baby son Mark were rushed to the Royal's neonatal unit.  Initially we were told that he wouldn't survive and that we should be prepared for the worst. Slowly he began to stabilise and started to hold his own over the next few weeks, feeding on just 0.1ml of milk through a syringe. After 8 days Catriona's wedding ring, which is the size of a 5p fitted to the top of his arm.

 Slowly but surely he started to grow and gain some weight but he had numerous obstacles to overcome, fighting infections and setbacks along the way. He spent 15 weeks in the neonatal units of The Royal Victoria and Antrim Area Hospitals, 11 of which were in intensive care. He got home on 30 July weighing 2kg (4lb).

 The medical staff in both hospitals were amazing and were very attentive to Mark's needs. Tinylife family support officers visited us in hospital and talked with us as parents, providing emotional support and a friendly face through the tough days, as they too had gone through the same as parents. TinyLife had also provided much needed funding for the refurbishment of the parents room, providing a comfortable room to rest in during those long days in hospital and rooming in with your baby before getting home.

 I will be starting my 400 mile challenge on the 14th July in Magherafelt, travelling on to Omagh, Enniskillen, Newry, Castlewellan, Belfast, Larne, Portstewart, Derry and finish in Omagh on the 16th July 2012.  Please support me by making a donation to TinyLife on my justgiving page www.justgiving.com/geoffdaviscycle.'