On Sunday 10th April, local man Keith Shuker will embark on the 2016 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in support of Mid Cheshire Hospital Charity’s One in Eleven Fund. Keith’s ambition is to raise £750.00 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Leighton Hospital which provided his own daughter with essential care when she was born prematurely. Any funds that Keith raises will be matched by his employer, Barclays, and in true charity spirit, Keith will also offer a special mystery prize for the closest prediction to his race finishing time.


This year marks the 40th Greater Manchester Marathon, and with a friend by his side Keith will run to raise funds for a cause that is very close to his heart. Five years ago, Keith’s daughter Daisy was born prematurely. During this anxious time, the family relied on the Special Care Baby Unit at Leighton Hospital, which is supported by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity’s One in Eleven Fund. The Fund enhances the care for babies born prematurely, underweight or with other complications, and is essential to the Mid Cheshire Hospitals healthcare provision.


Keith is fortunate enough to live very close to Leighton Hospital, so he and his family were able to make as many journeys as they needed to be with baby Daisy as her strength grew. However, Keith acknowledges that many parents aren’t as lucky, and can only visit their newborn once a day at most. To help, the determined Dad will now raise funds to support the life-saving service that cares for sick babies, and their families.


Keith comments, “The staff at the Special Care Baby Unit were fantastic, and their experience was invaluable”. He continues “Their knowledge and care helps parents become accustomed to looking after a new, tiny baby, as basics like feeding and nappy changing are very different for babies no larger than a bag of sugar!”


Keith says, “I’m touched by all the messages that I’ve received from those going through a similar experience to mine, and I’ve been amazed by how many children rely on the care are facilities provided at Leighton Hospital”. He adds “I hope to raise lots of money to support the Neonatal Unit as a thanks for the care that Daisy received”.


Laura Riddle, Charity Manager at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity “I’d like to thank Keith for choosing to take part in the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in support of the One in Eleven Fund”. Laura continues, “The funds raised will help enhance facilities for the most poorly babies, and will enable Mid Cheshire Hospitals to continue to serve our local community in the long term”.


Following the success of the One in Eleven fundraising appeal for the redevelopment of the Neonatal Unit at Leighton Hospital, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust was able to open its new Unit on the 24th September 2014. All further funds raised will now go toward new equipment and environmental enhancements to the new Unit.


Keith has already raised £535.00 toward his £750.00 fundraising target for the One in Eleven Fund, which will be employer-matched. If you would like to donate, you can visit Keith’s fundraising page at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/kshuker.