AN EXPECTANT dad from Great Sutton is gearing up to raise funds for the neonatal unit that saved his first daughter’s life.
Natasha Smith was born in the Countess of Chester Hospital on November 5, 1996 – 16 weeks premature, 21.5cm in length and weighing just 1lb 9oz.
But thanks to the work of staff in the hospital’s special care baby unit, Natasha is now a healthy 15-year-old student at Upton High School, Chester.
Dad Paul, of Cholmondeley Road, said: “Natasha was in there for four months, but in that time she was also rushed to Alder Hey to have surgery.
“She then spent three weeks in Royal Liverpool Women’s Hospital and eventually they sent her back to Chester – and they were just fabulous.
“Natasha actually stopped breathing a couple of times and they brought her back.”
Expecting his third child in July, Paul, 46, is hoping Ellesmere Port residents and businesses will rally to back his fundraising weekend this summer.
He said: “I did various fundraising things when Natasha first came out, but I haven’t for a while.
“We’re expecting a little baby in five weeks, and when we were in the hospital we saw a baby with tubes. I just decided then and there that I wanted to do something.”
Paul is planning a 30-mile cycle and seven-mile run on Saturday, August 4, and a day-long fundraiser at the Sir Robert Pub on Overpool Road the following day.
Attractions at the fun day include a disco, barbecue, bouncy castle, horse-riding, face-painting, a raffle and an auction.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Paul, or any local businesses willing to provide raffle prizes, can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his Facebook page by searching for ‘Charity Fun Day Too’.