Devon dad to take on Great West Run for Exeter’s Neonatal Unit

Cullompton dad Shane Peters is set to take on the Great West Run this October in aid of the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as a thank you for the care they provided his son Raife.

Raife was born at the RD&E in early 2017 and spent four weeks being cared for on the specialist Neonatal Unit because he had water on his lungs. Now that Raife is healthy and has been discharged from hospital, Shane and his wife Kerry are keen to give something back to the unit which helped save their son’s life.

Shane said: “You just don’t realise what they do for you. Raife wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the staff on the Neonatal Unit so I really wanted to be able to give something back and help them help other babies like ours.”

The couple have already raised over £500 for the unit, and hope to increase this when Shane takes part in the 13.1 mile Great West Run in Exeter on 15th October 2017. They are aiming to raise £1,000 for the unit in total.

Shane added: “I haven’t run since school so it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. I’m quite looking forward to it but I do need to start training!”     

Sue Prosser, Senior Nurse for the Neonatal  Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Shane and his family for all that they have done for us so far. They have already raised a fantastic amount for the unit, which we will use to help improve the environment for the parents and babies, we wish him luck in his next challenge.”

If you would like to support Shane in his fundraising mission, please visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shane-peters