A father-of-three from Ripon is taking part in the Great North Run to help the charity which supported his family while his youngest son battled for his life.
Steve Davies will run the 13-mile half-marathon route in Tyneside in September in the hope of raising £500 for The Sick Children’s Trust which looked after his family when his son Zachary – who died aged just 29 days – was seriously ill in hospital.
Zachary was born in November 2012 with hypo-plastic left-heart syndrome, a condition where the left-hand side of his heart was severely underdeveloped.
He needed immediate specialist medical care and was admitted into the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where he had several heart operations before passing away.
While Zachary was in hospital, Steve and his wife, Libbie, were able to stay just a bus ride away in Crawford House, a “Home from Home” provided by The Sick Children’s Trust at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Steve, 45, said: “The Sick Children’s Trust is a very special charity that enabled us to spend invaluable time with our little boy Zachary.
“We have two other sons, Owain and Oliver, and they too were able to stay with us in Crawford House and spend time with their little brother.
“We will always treasure the time we spent with Zachary, and without Crawford House this precious time would have been limited.”
The charity aims to build a new 18-bedroom house at the Freeman Hospital. To sponsor Steve visit his Just Giving page www. justgiving.com/steve-davies25